U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the "strategic defeat" of Al-Qaeda is "within reach."
Kazakh authorities say that one officer was killed and three wounded in clashes overnight with an armed group in the west of the country.
An agent from Afghanistan's intelligence unit opened fire at a foreign base today, killing two soldiers from the NATO-led coalition and wounding a third, the police chief of normally peaceful northern Panjshir province said.
Pakistani officials say the death toll in Karachi from political violence this week has climbed to more than 90.
The Georgian Interior Ministry says that three Georgian news photographers detained on July 7 on suspicion of espionage were supplying secret information to Russia.
In a meeting with Egypt's foreign minister, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the country's upcoming elections should be held in a credible and transparent manner, according to a statement from his office.
Police detained at least 236 people trying to assemble at a stadium and sealed off parts of Malaysia's largest city today in an attempt to prevent a banned rally seeking electoral reforms.
Former U.S. first lady Betty Ford has died at the age of 93.
The International Monetary Fund said it was releasing 3.2 billion euros to Greece as part of its joint bailout with the European Union for the debt-stricken country.
South Sudan raised the flag of its new nation for the first time today, as thousands of South Sudanese citizens and dozens of international dignitaries attended celebrations in the capital, Juba.
The U.S. State Department has summoned Syria's ambassador after receiving reports of Syrian diplomats filming people protesting peacefully in the United States.
The former chairman of Kazakhstan's Alliance Bank has been sentenced to two years on probation for the illegal use of bank funds.