The U.S. Defense Department will reduce the size of its land forces, postpone orders of new stealth fighter planes, and phase out older generations of ships and aircraft.
Iran's foreign ministry says 11 Iranian pilgrims have been kidnapped by an unknown group in Syria, which has been swept by civil unrest.
A rights group says Syrian security forces have killed 34 civilians, including 10 children, in clashes across the country.
Prosecutors in Switzerland say they have arrested the Chechen owner of a Swiss soccer club after the team filed for bankruptcy.
U.S. President Barack Obama says he ordered a raid by U.S. Special forces that rescued two kidnapped Western aid workers who had been held in Somalia since October.
The mystery over why the brother of a prominent Uzbek opposition figure was not released from prison as scheduled has been solved -- he is serving an additional five-year term.
The United States has slapped terrorist designations on two members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and one member of Uzbekistan's Islamic Jihad Union (IJU).
Egypt has banned the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and other U.S. citizens from leaving the country amid rising tensions over Egyptian restrictions on the work of international rights organizations.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says there will be no summit with Russia in May if there is no deal by then on missile defense cooperation.
Russian long-distance runner Tatiana Aryasova has been stripped of her 2011 Tokyo Marathon title after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says she does not believe Israel-Palestinian talks have reached "a dead end."