Saudi Arabian state television quotes that country's Interior Ministry as saying it has banned all protests and marches, and security forces are authorized to use any means necessary to prevent disruptions of public order.
Aleksei Miller was appointed head of Gazprom in 2001 and as the world's need for more energy resources has increased, so has Miller's standing.
Ethnic Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh territory have reported the death of one of their soldiers in a sniper shooting attack ahead of high-level talks in Sochi, Russia, to resolve the decades-old dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The 10-day session will see presentations from top officials about their economic and social goals for China over the next five years.
The battle for control of Libya has largely shifted to the city of Zawiya, west of Tripoli, amid fierce fighting.
Dozens of activists from the opposition Yabloko party staged a public show of solidarity today in St. Petersburg with four colleagues jailed in the Black Sea coastal city of Tuapse.
The office of Azerbaijan's Prosecutor-General has launched a hotline for people to report specific instances of corruption.
Iraqi teachers and local officials are up in arms over a derogatory comment by a senior education ministry official describing members of the teaching community as mostly jackasses.
Tehran's municipal bus service union is urging authorities to arrange medical treatment outside prison for its jailed leader, Mansour Osanlou.
Two Kazakh opposition parties have called on the three rival candidates to incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbaev to force a delay in next month's presidential election by withdrawing from the race.
An Azerbaijani youth activist involved in organizing an antigovernment campaign on the Internet has been ordered detained for one month after being questioned about his Facebook activity.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has rejected an opposition plan for him to transfer power by the end of 2011, as protests against his rule continued.