Doctors treating U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a hospital in New York say they expect her to make a full recovery.
Two prominent secular ethnic Pashtun politicians in Pakistan have called on Islamabad to take decisive action to end extremist sanctuaries in the country's northwestern tribal areas.
Iranian state media say the country has successfully test-fired a newly upgraded missile system near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic passageway in the Persian Gulf.
Russian police have detained a prominent opposition figure and two dozen other activists for staging unauthorized demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The bullet-ridden corpses of nine Taliban fighters have been discovered in a northwestern Pakistani tribal region.
Pakistan's most high-profile Taliban detainee, former deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was not among those freed.
The Afghan government says the next phase of transferring security from NATO to Afghan control will begin in two months.
Several Chinese rights activists have broken through a security cordon to visit the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is herself under house arrest.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial new law on education.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is using her New Year's broadcast to warn Germany's citizens that Europe's economic turmoil "is not overcome by a long stretch."
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the United States government's authority to monitor the overseas activities of suspected foreign spies and terrorists.
Two days after visiting the site of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he will allow new nuclear power plants to be constructed in the country.