Police have closed the last of the big Occupy Wall Street encampments in the United States, this one just a few blocks from the White House.
Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution backing an Arab peace plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
Pakistan's prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, will travel to Qatar next week for talks with leaders there on a peace deal to end the Taliban's 10-year war in Afghanistan.
Violence in Egypt has continued for a third straight day since deadly soccer-related clashes left 74 people dead.
Russian energy company Gazprom said on February 4 it could not pump any additional gas to Western Europe, citing domestic demands amid an ongoing cold spell.
Police in the Slovak capital Bratislava have used tear gas to disperse a crowd of several thousand protesters demonstrating against corruption in the government.
The U.S. Army has released a statement saying Private Bradley Manning will face a court martial for allegedly giving more than 700,000 U.S. secret and classified documents and videos to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos says Greeks have withdrawn 65 billion euros ($85 billion) from banks since 2009, and have sent 16 billion euros ($21 billion) abroad.
A record number of civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2011, the fifth year in a row the figure has risen, according to a new UN report.
Syrian state media is denying army forces are to blame for the reported killing of more than 200 people in the central city of Homs.
Russia's deputy foreign minister says his country "cannot support" a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on its longstanding ally Syria.
Rustam Emomali, the 24-year-old eldest son of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, has been appointed a member of the development committee of FIFA, the world football governing body.