U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of Washington's campaign to encourage the two sides to reach a framework peace agreement.
Lebanon's army says it has confirmed that it has detained Majid al-Majid, the alleged leader of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said a group of U.S. Air Force pilots arrived in Lithuania to take over duty from a contingent of the Belgian Air Force.
In Egypt, at least 11 people have reportedly been killed as security forces cracked down on protests by supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen have retaken areas in the central cities of Ramadi and Fallujah from Islamist insurgents.
An Egyptian security official said on January 3 that preliminary investigations suggested the two Swiss citizens -- a man and his wife -- were killed by the house's guard and two of his friends, who wanted to rob the couple.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have taken to the ski slopes in Sochi just a month ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics there.
British-Canadian Tethys Petroleum Limited has announced it is leaving Uzbekistan and will focus its attention in Central Asia on projects in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
Organizers of an ambitious private mission to colonize Mars say they have whittled 200,000 applicants down to just over 1,000 -- including 52 Russians -- and that they hope to select the final team with the help of a reality TV show.
Police in Russia say a suspected drunk driver threw an explosive device at a patrol on January 3, killing one police officer and injuring another.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing Israel and the Palestinians to agree to a framework agreement before a nine-month deadline set for the talks ends in May.
The Tel Aviv hospital director said there is a "slow and gradual deterioration," with doctors now seeing not only the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's kidneys but other vital organs malfunctioning.