Sweden's Foreign Ministry has said that a Swedish-Iranian employee of Swedish cosmetics firm Oriflame has been charged in Iran for establishing a pyramid scheme and deriving illegal earnings from it.
Six U.S. soldiers have been killed in insurgent attacks in Afghanistan.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has formally opened a pipeline branch to carry Siberian oil to China.
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao says China and Japan should face the global financial crisis together and create a new era in trade between two of the world's largest economies.
A volcano has erupted on the Indonesia island of Sumatra for the first time in four centuries.
North Korea's ambassador to Cuba said his country would answer any attack on it with a nuclear "sacred war."
Twelve suspected militants and two law-enforcement officers have died in a shoot-out in Chechnya in Russia's volatile North Caucasus.
Iran's investigation of the case of three young U.S. hikers detained in the country is nearing its completion.
Five years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The aid group Oxfam is urging reconstruction work to start right away in Pakistan to prevent the flooding disaster from becoming a long-term catastrophe.
U.S. President Barack Obama said in his weekly radio broadcast to the nation that Washington's withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq this month was an "important step forward in responsibly ending the Iraq war."
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Russia will launch its manned space missions from a new center in the Far East in 2018.