Pakistan's Taliban has denied a report their leader Hakimullah Mehsud had been killed in a U.S. drone aircraft strike.
Riot police detained dozens of anti-Kremlin protesters, including leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, in central Moscow today, defying a plea by rights group Amnesty International to let the rally go ahead.
A senior UN official will visit North Korea next month as a special envoy of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations announced today.
The European Union's new foreign-affairs chief said she was disappointed with Iran's failure to engage in talks over its nuclear program and the next step should be to refer it to the UN Security Council.
Accused September 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Muhammad will be tried and convicted and is likely to be executed, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said today.
Iraq has signed a contract with Russia's LUKoil and Norway's Statoil to develop one of the world's biggest oil fields, sealing the last of 10 deals that could turn the war-shattered country into a top oil producer.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai today appealed to Taliban fighters to put down their weapons and accept Afghan laws, and said they should drop their demand that U.S. and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan before peace talks can begin.
Yemeni troops have clashed with insurgents, killing 20, and the government said today it had rejected the latest cease-fire offer by northern rebels.
Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud may have been targeted in a drone strike on January 17 after surviving a similar attack days earlier near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials have said.
Beijing has stepped up its condemnation of planned U.S. arm sales to Taiwan, saying such sales would hurt China's national security.
NATO troops have clashed with their Afghan allies in a so-called "friendly fire" incident.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today said that Russia and Libya have signed a 1.3 billion euro ($1.8 billion) contract for the supply of arms.