A Moldovan man has died in a hospital in Chisinau after being shot by a Russian soldier from the international peacekeeping force at a checkpoint in Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region.
Iran says that its scientists have "tested the first nuclear fuel rod produced from uranium ore deposits inside the country."
A former member of Japan's Aum Shinrikyo cult has turned himself in to police after more than 16 years on the run.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called on all Iraqis to unite, saying the country needs political stability if it hopes to remain secure and rebuild.
Iran says it has successfully test fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile during navy war games taking place near the Strait of Hormuz on January 1.
A powerful earthquake, with a magnitude of up to 7.0 on the Richter scale, is reported to have occurred near Japan's southeastern Isu islands.
In a New Year message, North Korea’s communist regime urged North Koreans to defend newly installed leader Kim Jong Un “unto death.”
The twin GRAIL probes arrived near the moon after launching from earth in September and making a 3.5-month flight.
With the advent of the new year, Denmark is taking over the rotating presidency of the European Union, Ireland is assuming the chairmanship of the OSCE, and five countries are getting temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council.
The head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce has dismissed Washington's move to impose new economic sanctions against the Islamic republic.
After a tumultuous year, world leaders have offered messages of hope and trepidation as the globe said goodbye to 2011.
The International Federation of Journalists, the IFJ, says more than 100 journalists or other media staff were killed in 2011 – an increase in comparison with 2010.