The Arab League has warned Syria that it has one day to agree to the deployment of observers or it will face economic sanctions.
Reports from Iraq say the death toll in a triple bombing in the southern city of Basra on November 24 has risen to 19.
Local Afghan officials say seven civilians, including six children, have been killed in a NATO air strike in the southern province of Kandahar.
Azerbaijani writer and journalist Rafiq Tagi, who died four days after being stabbed in a late-night attack in Baku, has been laid to rest.
NATO-led peacekeepers say 21 KFOR soldiers have suffered injuries in a clash with protesters in northern Kosovo.
An Afghan provincial official says at least seven Afghan guards working for a private security company were killed in the west of the country when Taliban militants ambushed a convoy carrying goods for NATO.
Several people were reported killed when armed men in plain clothes opened fire on protesters in the center of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
A protest against social conditions in the Russian city of Kirov turned into a political demonstration after local authorities refused to allow the rally.
The leaders of France and Germany say they are going to propose changes to European Union treaties to guarantee better economic governance.
Egypt's military has apologized for the deaths of demonstrators in clashes with police as protests demanding the military relinquish power entered their sixth day.
A Belarusian court has sentenced human rights activist Ales Byalyatski to 4 1/2 years in prison for tax evasion.