Pollsters in France are predicting that the country’ far-right National Front party was routed in the second round of regional elections on December 13, with some estimates suggesting the party failed to win in a single region.
Armenia’s Central Election Commission on December 13 said amendments to the country’s constitution have been adopted, a week after a national referendum, transforming the country from a presidential to a parliamentary system of government.
Leaders of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India broke ground on December 14 on a $10 billion natural-gas pipeline that they hope will ease energy deficits in South Asia and stem tensions in the divided region.
Reports say at least 24 people have been killed and more than 70 wounded by a bomb that exploded at a market in Pakistan near the Afghan border.
The Russian Defense Ministry says one of its warships was forced to fire warning shots to avoid a collision with a Turkish ship in the Aegean Sea.
Afghan forces continue to hold off Taliban insurgents in a district of the volatile southern province of Helmand.
Diplomats from the United States, Europe, and the Mideast met on December 13 with leaders of Libya's rival political factions to impress upon them the need to adopt a UN-brokered national unity plan.
A Russian journalist who came under suspicion of espionage was forced to leave Poland on December 12 though he protested that he never was presented with specific charges against him.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka on December 12 called on Russia and Turkey to compromise and overcome the crisis in their relations.
A fire at a psychiatric care home in Russia's Voronezh region killed 23 people, with two missing, the region's Emergencies Ministry said December 13.
Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva won her first major title on December 12, claiming gold in the ISU Grand Prix Final figure-skating contest in Barcelona.
An agreement between Syrian opposition groups in Riyadh this week excluded important groups like Syrian Kurds and should not form the basis for peace talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.