The result is considered somewhat of a surprise, as pre-election opinion polls had not suggested Karel Schwarzenberg would poll so high.
Another senior Syrian intelligence officer has announced his defection from President Bashar al-Assad's regime in a video posted online.
Some 2,000 Shi'ite demonstrators have taken to the streets of Baghdad to show support for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government.
Hundreds of people have been demonstrating on Fountains Square in the center of the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, to raise awareness about the deaths of young army conscripts.
Security forces have reportedly killed a suspected militant in an operation in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan.
France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said that a French secret agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 is "believed" to have been killed during a botched rescue operation on the night of January 11-12.
Some 1,000 Pakistani Shi'a Muslims protested in the southwest of the country for a second day, blocking a main road with the bodies of relatives killed in bomb attacks earlier this week.
The U.S. Library of Congress has given to Afghan libraries and universities what it calls “digitized treasures” from its archives relating to the culture and history of Afghanistan.
President Francois Hollande said France could not allow “aggression” by terrorist groups and extremists to go unchallenged.
The Spanish Interior Ministry said authorities had “dismantled" a ring involved in trafficking material for Iran's nuclear program.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said one of his “greatest” achievements would be a “proper, well-organized, interference-free election."
Spain says one of its soldiers has died in an explosion in northwestern Afghanistan.