Latvia is due to become the newest member of the eurozone at the start of the New Year.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said the military will leave cities in Anbar Province where deadly clashes took place after a Sunni antigovernment protest camp was dismantled.
The United States has announced the last three Uyghur detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba will be released and sent to Slovakia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia would "fiercely and consistently continue the fight against terrorists until their complete annihilation."
An aide to a local prosecutor has been killed in a bomb attack in Russia's North Caucasus.
A monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has been removed in the eastern Georgian city of Telavi.
Doctors in France say they have seen a "slight improvement" in the condition of former Formula One driving champion Michael Schumacher, who was seriously injured in a skiing accident on December 29.
The leader of Ukraine's opposition UDAR party, Vitali Klitschko, says opposition parties and their supporters will continue their peaceful demonstrations across Ukraine after the winter holidays.
Six Azerbaijani activists have been sentenced to jail and others fined after they tried to hold a rally in Baku in support of a war veteran who died staging his own protest.
Residents of a neighborhood in the Pakistani city of Peshawar say police detained three brothers, all employees of the local agricultural university, before eventually leading one of the brothers out of the home and shooting him dead.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a New Year's greeting to U.S. President Barack Obama saying that Moscow is determined to pursue constructive relations with the United States, Russian media report.
Isabel Santos, chairwoman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Questions, met with Aleksandr Pavlov, a former bodyguard for fugitive Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov.