U.S. President Barack Obama's nominees for ambassador posts in Afghanistan and Pakistan have pledged to improve diplomatic ties and counterterrorism cooperation with those countries if they are confirmed.
The UN's top official in Iraq has urged Baghdad to avoid violence in resolving the situation of more than 1,000 Iranian exiles currently located in a camp in Iraq.
The United States says 2011 was a "landmark year" in the global fight against terrorism, marked by the lowest incidence of worldwide attacks since 2005.
The United Sates has imposed sanctions on banks in China and Iraq that the White House says have helped Iran evade international sanctions.
Two car bombs have killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens of others in a Shi'ite neighborhood in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
French troops have handed over their military base near Kabul to the Afghan National Army as part of the pullout of 2,000 French combat soldiers by the end of the year.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has dismissed two top military officials over a recent "teddy bears air drop" incident.
Government forces have used helicopter gunships and artillery against rebels in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, amid growing concern for the situation of the civilian population there.
On a visit to Warsaw, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney praised Poland as a model of democratic and economic transformation after the fall of communism more than 20 years ago.
The Ukrainian parliament's press service has announced that a controversial language bill that gives Russian the status of "a regional language" in 13 of Ukraine's 27 regions has been signed by the speaker.
Pakistan and the United States have signed a deal regulating the shipment of U.S. troop supplies to and from Afghanistan.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has arrived in the Egyptian capital Cairo for talks with new President Muhammad Morsi and defense chief Hussein Tantawi.