The "New York Times" and "Guardian" newspapers have called for clemency for Edward Snowden, the contractor who leaked classified information on U.S. electronic spying.
Authorities in Iraq say a truck bomb targeting a street full of shoppers in a city north of Baghdad has killed at least 16 people.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered a new review of 88 prisoners due to be released after several visiting U.S. senators raised objections.
The January 2 explosion hit the neighborhood of Haret Hreik, a stronghold of the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Israel to try push forward peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says that crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan has started flowing through a new pipeline that leads to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.
Russian authorities have detained hundreds of people in the wake of two terrorist attacks that killed 34 people in Volgograd.
China has criticized a U.S. decision to send three Uyghur detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Slovakia.
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Iran, killing one person and injuring about 30 others.
Police say former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pain while on his way to a court hearing.
A helicopter mission to rescue 52 passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week is finally getting under way.