Civilian deaths in Iraq during 2013 were the worst in years, according to the UN and other observers.
After midnight on January 1, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis symbolically withdrew a crisp 10-euro note and his country became the 18th member of the eurozone.
Former Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf has failed to show up for a hearing in the treason trial against him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a visit to Volgograd in the wake of this week's bombings that killed 34 people in the southern city.
Police in the Russian capital have detained several protesters, including an opposition leader.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called for national unity in 2014 after what he called possibly "the most difficult" year in the history of independent Ukraine.