Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen continue to fight Al-Qaeda militants in the central cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
Syrian rebels have reportedly given a powerful Al-Qaeda-linked group 24 hours to surrender.
A senior Islamist militant leader arrested in Lebanon has reportedly died while in military custody.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has eased a ban on demonstrations in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that begin on February 7.
A NATO soldier has been killed after insurgents attacked a military base in eastern Afghanistan.
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.