Russian media say French actor Gerard Depardieu has flown to Russia, where he may meet with President Vladimir Putin and receive a Russian passport.
The office of Iraq's ailing president says he is responding well to treatment in Germany after suffering a stroke.
Reports from northwestern Pakistan say unknown gunmen have shot dead two charity workers involved in an education project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
U.S. President Barack Obama has warned that after the recent fight in Congress over a bill to prevent a "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts, the United States cannot afford further budget showdowns.
Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci says Pristina has banned Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic from visiting ethnic Serbs in Kosovo for Orthodox Christmas.
Six Russian tourists have been killed in a snowmobile accident in the Italian Alps.
U.S. troops have begun deploying in Turkey to operate Patriot missile-launch batteries to defend against threats from the conflict in Turkey’s neighbor Syria.
Venezuela's vice president says Hugo Chavez can continue as president -- even if he is unable to be sworn in for a new term on January 10.
The U.S. military says troops have begun arriving in NATO ally Turkey to man Patriot missile batteries against threats from neighboring Syria.
Influential Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has reached out to Iraq's religious minorities, visiting a church and a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
Activists say Syrian warplanes are bombarding suburbs of Damascus as government troops continue an offensive against rebels on the outskirts of the capital.
Iran says it agrees in principle to resume international talks on its controversial nuclear program later this month.