Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the chief of the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was granted bail on December 18 by an antiterrorism court.
According to Baghdad's figures, compiled by the health, interior, and defense ministries, the death toll for last year was 15,538, with more than 22,000 injured.
Russia has stopped issuing short-term, three-day visas for visits to the exclave of Kaliningrad.
After a hearing that lasted only minutes, Egypt's highest court ordered a new trial for three Al-Jeezera journalists who were convicted in 2013 of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.
One of Russia's most respected independent regional television stations went off the air shortly after midnight after the local state-owned broadcasting center canceled its transmission agreement.
One of the Russians who was imprisoned after the May 6, 2012, protest on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square against Russian President Vladimir Putin has been released.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named corruption's "person of the year" for 2014 by an international group of investigative journalists.
Dozens of angry locals have taken to the streets of the capital of Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province after a rocket exploded at a wedding, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 50.
The lawyers for the suspect in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing have filed an appeal to have the trial postponed and moved to a different state.
People around the world joyfully welcomed the start of 2015 in an international celebration that was marred by a tragic incident in Shanghai.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he meets with his successor, Ashraf Ghani, nearly every day and gives him advice on important issues.