U.S.-led NATO troops have launched an offensive designed to seize control of the Taliban's last big stronghold in Afghanistan's most violent province, a Reuters witness said.
Moldova's general-prosecutor says an investigation into postelection protests in Chisinau last spring shows that some special forces fired live ammunition, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.
An Iranian man who was arrested more than a month before Iran's June election has been sentenced to death after being included in a mass trial for detainees linked to the postelection protests, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
Baghdad Mayor Sabir al-Isawi says the largest municipal water project in the Middle East is under way in his city to help end water shortages in the Iraqi capital, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
Georgian Olympic luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili has died after a training accident just hours before the start of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
EU countries should stop the forced repatriation of Kosovars as this would only worsen the economic situation in the poor, landlocked Balkan country, European human rights envoy Thomas Hammarberg said today.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has called for urgent international help to counter a growing list of rights abuses in her native Iran.
The trial is continuing in Baku of 31 alleged members of an Islamic insurgent group accused of terrorist activities in the North Caucasus and Azerbaijan.
Shi'ite rebels shot at an Interior Ministry official and killed a soldier in northern Yemen today, violating a truce announced hours earlier to end a conflict that has raged since 2004 and sucked in Saudi Arabia.
Defeated Ukrainian presidential contender Yulia Tymoshenko defiantly pursued her duties as prime minister today, but allies of her rival Viktor Yanukovych were in backstage talks to try to strike a deal on a successor.
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has submitted to parliament protocols aimed at normalizing relations with Turkey.
Iraqi security forces backed by U.S. troops killed at least five people today in a raid on suspected members of what Washington calls an Iranian-backed terrorist group, the U.S. military said.