The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has arrived in Afghanistan to hold talks with senior commanders.
A Christian girl said to have Down's Syndrome has been arrested over accusations of blasphemy in Pakistan.
Appearing on a balcony at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Julian Assange called on U.S. President Barack Obama to end what he described as the U.S. "witchhunt" of his WikiLeaks organization.
NATO officials in Afghanistan say they have confirmed that a senior Taliban leader -- Maulawi Nur Mohammad -- and his deputy were among dozens of militants killed on August 18 by an air strike in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar.
Syrian President Basher al-Assad has appeared at a mosque to mark the end of Ramadan -- his first public appearance since a bomb attack on July 18 killed four of his key defense officials.
Czech police have arrested a suspected sympathizer of Anders Behring Breivik, after finding a machine gun and explosives during a raid of his home.
Pakistani intelligence officials say as many as seven Pakistani Taliban militants were killed early on August 19 in North Waziristan near the Afghan border by missiles fired from unmanned U.S. spy planes.
The latest reports from Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia say at least seven police were killed by a suicide bomber early on August 19 as the officers attended the funeral of a slain colleague.
A U.S. newspaper reports that Iraq has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions.
Waving flags and blowing whistles, participants at Prague's second annual gay-pride festival marched from central Wenceslas Square to an island in the Vltava River.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with Sky News Arabia Television on August 18, said a no-fly zone would be a violation of Syria's sovereignty.
Yemeni officials say at least 14 soldiers were killed when suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked two government building in the main southern city of Aden.