Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi has reportedly ordered the retirement of the powerful head of the country's armed forces, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.
According to media reports on August 12, Afghan government officials have held secret talks with detained former high-ranking Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
The "USS Porter," a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, suffered minor damage in a collision with an oil tanker on August 12 near the Strait of Hormuz.
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law the Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act of 2012.
Reports from northern Iraq say gunmen have killed at least six Shi'ite Muslim men while they were swimming.
The Tbilisi City Court has fined opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili the equivalent of $12.3 million for a cash withdrawal in the run-up to October's parliamentary elections.
Russia is marking the 100th anniversary of its air force with an aviation parade and parachute drop at the Zhukovsky airfield outside of Moscow.
Arab League foreign ministers on August 12 unexpectedly cancelled a meeting planned for later that day in the Red Sea port of Jeddah.
Uzbekistan's Artur Taymazov wins a third consecutive wrestling gold at the London Games to become the most successful freestyle competitor in Olympic history.
Rescue teams in northwestern Iran are striving to dig survivors out of the rubble of two strong earthquakes and several aftershocks that have killed 227 people and injured more than 1,300 others.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeated promises to equip the country's air force with new combat aircraft.
A Swedish organization that dropped hundreds of teddy bears carrying democratic slogans over Belarus last month says that three of its members have been summoned to appear before Belarus's KGB secret service.