The World Health Organization (WHO) says that measles cases surged in Pakistan in 2012, with 306 children dying of the disease last year.
Afghan peace negotiators are welcoming the release of eight Taliban prisoners who were being held in Pakistan.
Gunmen have ambushed and shot dead six female aid workers and a male doctor in the Swabi district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said in a New Year's message that he wants to "remove confrontation between the North and South," but he also spoke of developing more advanced weapons.
Cities across much of the world rung in the New Year with fireworks and street celebrations.
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to block the impact of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that have been dubbed a "fiscal cliff."