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.
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.