UN scientists say human-induced global warming will likely make extreme weather more common across the world this century.
Authorities in the southern Tajik town of Qurghon-Teppa have closed down a madrasah prosecutors linked to "Islamization" -- and fined five mosques for sanitary reasons.
Some 30,000 people have gathered in the Croatian town of Vukovar to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its fall to Serbian forces, one of the darkest chapters of Croatia's 1991-95 war.
A Koran billed as the world's largest has been unveiled in Kazan, the capital of Russia's republic of Tatarstan.
A journalist for a top Polish daily convicted in Belarus of defaming President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has received a Polish award.
The UN's nuclear watchdog has approved a new resolution aimed at increasing international pressure on Iran to address growing worries about its controversial nuclear program.
Scientists who said in September that subatomic particles called neutrinos may travel faster than light have carried out an improved version of their experiment -- and found the same result.
Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan have agreed to create a body regulating their trade and economies that could eventually become a Eurasian economic union.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's government has won a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament, a day after the former EU commissioner presented radical reforms to tackle the debt crisis.
A Pakistani journalist of Baluchi origin has described how the disappearances and deaths of colleagues back home prompted him to make the "painful" decision to apply for political asylum in the United States.
A close ally of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says the Orange Revolution heroine's health is deteriorating.
U.S. officials said the Peace Corps would release a statement giving its reasons for the withdrawal of its personnel from that country, which has seen a worsening security situation in the form of deadly bombings in October and November.