Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has raised the prospect of criminal prosecution for recent space mishaps that have embarrassed Moscow.
Afghan lawmakers have approved a new governor of the country's central bank.
State smoking inspectors have fined Macedonia's parliament after they found used ashtrays in the building.
A NATO spokesman has said the military alliance's forces were "highly likely" to be responsible for the deaths of at least 26 Pakistani soldiers.
German police say 20 policemen have been injured in clashes with protesters ahead of the arrival of a shipment of nuclear waste in northern Germany.
Robot guards are expected to be patrolling South Korean prisons next year.
China's state news agency says more than 100 people including 77 government employees have been sentenced in a scandal involving pork tainted with a banned chemical.
Bomb attacks in central Iraq and Baghdad have killed at least 15 people.
Fresh protests in Egypt have entered a ninth day, just two days before the first free parliamentary polls.
The Justice and Development Party (PJD) has claimed victory in Morocco's first parliamentary election since pro-democracy protests earlier this year.
Arab League officials are meeting to prepare plans for sanctions against Syria.
European Union President Herman Van Rompuy has said the bloc needed further assurances of Serbia's good faith in talks with Kosovo before allowing Belgrade to move closer to joining the EU.