Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has declared December 31 "Iraq Day" to mark the end of a pact allowing U.S. forces to stay in the country.
Georgia’s defense ministry says that a Georgian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, bringing to 11 the number of Georgian troops who have been killed serving with NATO-led forces fighting the Taliban.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said there was nothing unusual in the mass protests against his domination of Russia.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has met with French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet in Kabul and thanked Paris for the assistance it has given his country.
In a New Year’s message, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the euro, but said European nations must strengthen their cooperation if the currency is to be successful.
Iran's senior navy commander is denying state media reports that the Islamic republic has test-fired long-range missiles during a naval drill.
China has reported its first fatality from bird flu in 18 months.
The U.S. State Department said Egyptian authorities have pledged to stop the raids and returned seized property to the groups.
More than 20 people were reported killed in fresh violence December 30 between Syrian security forces and anti-regime protesters.
North Korea has announced that Kim Jong Un, the son of the late leader Kim Jong Il, has assumed the "supreme commandership" of the nation's million-soldier military.
Serbian President Boris Tadic has criticized plans by northern Kosovo Serbs to hold a referendum on whether to accept the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo.
The moves, which come as part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's effort to exert greater influence over media and public institutions, include legislation affecting the central bank and curbing the number of recognized religions.