Activists says Syrian troops have arrested hundreds in the central city of Hama, site of huge protests last week against President Bashar al-Assad.
At least eight police and soldiers have been killed and 20 wounded in a string of attacks across Iraq.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on July 4, said while Afghan security forces were "increasingly confident," Britain planned to withdraw a "relatively small" number of troops.
A Tunis court has sentenced ousted Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in his absence to 15 years in jail for possession of arms, drugs, and archaeological artefacts.
Venezuelan state media has reported that President Hugo Chavez returned to the country after receiving cancer treatment in Cuba.
The trial of Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was adjourned for two days after the opposition leader hired a new lawyer.
Pakistani officials say the military has launched an offensive in the Kurram tribal district near the Afghan border.
Russia and NATO have failed to narrow their differences over the Western air campaign in Libya.
A United Nations judge has ordered the removal of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic from court after he repeatedly interrupted hearing proceedings.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says he will step down as leader of his Democrat Party.
Tanks are reported to have pulled back from the central Syrian city of Hama.
RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports there are ongoing clashes between police and an armed group in Kazakhstan's Aktobe region, in the west of the country.