The international peace envoy for Syria has urged the global community to accept a proposal for ending the brutal 21-month conflict.
Iraqi officials say two people were injured when bodyguards for Iraq's deputy prime minister fired warning shots at protesters who attacked his convoy.
Ukraine says it is ending the practice of compulsory military service in 2013 and will move to a system of recruiting contract personnel.
The Asian Football Confederation has announced that Hakeem Shakir has been named Iraq's head coach, ending speculation that Argentinian legend Diego Maradona would be chosen for the job.
At least 19 people were killed in southern Pakistan in a bombing that targeted buses carrying Shi'ite pilgrims.
Emergency workers say bad brakes may be to blame for the December 29 plane crash at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport that killed four crew members and left four others seriously injured.
The body of Georgian Army Sergeant Georgii Kikadze has been found in southern Afghanistan some 10 days after he disappeared.
The bodies of 21 Pakistani soldiers kidnapped on December 27 were found some four kilometers from the place they were captured.
Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry says four people were killed in a plane crash at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.
Pakistani officials say an explosion on a bus in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi has killed at least four people and wounded more than 40.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there is still a chance for a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Syria.
U.S. President Barack Obama has made a brief statement on television after meeting with top leaders from the Democratic and Republican parties to discuss the approaching deadline for a fiscal agreement.