The Italian government says sacrifices are necessary to get public finances in order and protect the country from the sort of market speculation that pushed Greece to the brink of bankruptcy.
Soldiers and police were battling supporters of an alleged drug lord in the Jamaica capital, Kingston, with at least 30 people reportedly killed in the violence.
The late rights campaigner Andrei Sakharov's widow, Yelena Bonner, had protested at the idea of a monument bearing her husband's name being erected in Russia under the present circumstances. So it will be called "The Monument to the Honest Man."
Protests in Angarsk have been going on for months and Irkutsk Governor Dmitry Mezentsev has promised to resolve problems connected with high utility tariffs and corruption. But protesters say he has not kept his promises.
The Kyrgyz Interior Ministry has created a special investigative team to help locate three escaped suspects in the killings of a parliament member and two businessmen.
Officials say a tribal jirga in Pakistan's Swat Valley recently evicted around 25 families of suspected insurgents from their homes.
North Korea has said it will sever all ties and communication with Seoul as punishment for blaming the North for the sinking of a South Korean warship two months ago.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the West should "ratchet up" pressure on Iran because "all the evidence points in the same direction -- that Iran is intent on developing nuclear weapons."
Armenian rights activists and abuse victims are unhappy with the light sentence given to a teacher convicted of child abuse.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called a Turkey- and Brazil-brokered fuel-exchange plan for Iran a "transparent ploy" by Tehran to avoid new UN Security Council sanctions over its disputed nuclear program.
Afghanistan has pushed back a national conference aimed at reaching a peace deal with militants who are willing to stop fighting.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's nephew has been named the secretary of the country's main political party, Nur-Otan.