The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, is formally launching an inquiry into the effects of drone strikes on civilians.
Cold weather has killed 17 people in camps for internally displaced people in Afghanistan so far this month.
A series of car bombs in the Baghdad area have killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 50 others.
Authorities in the eastern Afghan province of Nuristan say U.S. drone attacks have inflicted more than 30 casualties on suspected militants.
The remains of the last Yugoslav king, Petar II Karadjordjevic, who died in exile more than four decades ago, have been returned to Serbia.
Jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko refuses to acknowledge accusations of her alleged involvement in the murder of a Ukrainian lawmaker 16 years ago.
Russia's Supreme Court says all Russian children whose adoptions by U.S. families were approved by Russian courts before January 1, 2013, are eligible to go to their new families.
The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed dismay over the reported execution of a juvenile offender in Iran.
The chairman of Russia's Consumer Rights Defense Society has been charged with slander for comments he made about Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Supporters of a controversial Russian bill banning "homosexual propaganda" have clashed with gay activists outside Russia's parliament.
About 500 supporters of Kyrgyzstan's opposition Homeland (Ata-Jurt) party have demonstrated in the southern town of Kara-Kulja, demanding a fair trial for party leaders.
The British magazine New Musical Express (NME) has nominated Russia's all-female punk protest group Pussy Riot for two of its annual awards.