The White House has condemned a deadly Taliban suicide attack on a Kabul restaurant, which killed 21 people, saying there was "no possible justification" for killing people who worked to help Afghans achieve a better future.
U.S. President Barack Obama says Washington will reform current programs and procedures to provide greater transparency to the government's electronic-surveillance activities and increase safeguards that protect the privacy of U.S. persons.
Baghdad is threatening measures against Turkey, Iraq's Kurdish regional government, and any foreign companies involved in exporting oil from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish area to Turkey without permission.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says homosexuals should feel "free" and "calm" at the Winter Olympic Games, but asked them to "please leave our children alone."
Unknown individuals have seriously damaged a monument commemorating victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine's Crimea region.
Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen have continued their multipronged attacks against Al-Qaeda-linked militants and antigovernment forces in the restive western Anbar Province.
A Kyiv court has dropped battery charges against the lawyer of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Israel says it has summoned a group of European ambassadors from Britain, France, Italy, and Spain to protest their countries' "one-sided" stand in favor of the Palestinians.
The WHO said that more than 90 percent of the current cases of polio are linked to Peshawar and that 12 out of 13 registered cases in neighboring Afghanistan were also connected to the Pakistani city.
An explosive device thrown at antigovernment protesters in the Thai capital has injured more than 30 people.
There has been international condemnation of sweeping legislation to curb protests in Ukraine, with the European Union and United States expressing "deep concern" over the measure.
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says in Moscow that Syria is prepared to exchange lists with rebel forces on a possible prisoner exchange.