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.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has signed into law a Kyrgyz-Chinese agreement on construction of a natural-gas pipeline in Kyrgyzstan.
The Belarusian KGB announced on its website on December 31 that two Belarusians, whose names were given as E. Kachura and A. Fenzelyau, were sentenced to eight and 10 years in jail, respectively, for spying for neighboring Lithuania.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said talks in Geneva had so far shown "good progress," with more meetings scheduled for later on December 31.
The latest plan to rescue the ship's 52 passengers -- many of them Australian -- involves a helicopter from the Chinese ship "Snow Dragon," but officials say weather conditions likely won't allow an attempt until January 1 at the earliest.
The first funerals have been held for some of the victims of two suicide bombings that ripped through the southern Russian city of Volgograd less than 24 hours apart, killing at least 34 people and injuring dozens more.
Israel released the prisoners early December 31 as part of moves to give momentum to U.S.-backed peace talks.