The Taliban has released an audio message it says is from its leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansur, to prove that he is still alive after reports he was severely wounded or killed in a shoot-out in Pakistan.
Iraq's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Turkish ambassador to demand that Turkish troops be immediately withdrawn from northern Iraq.
The Russian Finance Ministry says that without Washington's guarantee for Ukraine's debt, Moscow cannot restructure the $3 billion loan and will sue Kyiv if it doesn't repay the debt by December 20, when it is due.
U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed federal investigators will uncover what motivated a married couple in California to shoot and kill 14 people.
The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) says it has banned Russian runner Tatyana Andrianova for doping in a case that is more than 10 years old.
Delegates from nearly 200 countries have approved a draft text of a UN climate deal after four years of work.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has promised an investigation into a mortar attack near a mosque that killed eight civilians.
Azerbaijani media report that one person has died and at least 30 workers are missing after a fire broke out on an oil rig in the Caspian Sea.
A spokesman for Russia's top investigative agency says the trial of the Ukrainian military officer charged with the murder of two Russian journalists is expected to finish before the end of the year.
An influential spiritual leader in Iran has criticized what he described as the boom in working women, blaming the policies of President Hassan Rohani.
Germany is deporting an Australian man who joined a Kurdish militia group to fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, Sydney's Foreign Ministry has said.
Stiff Iranian opposition to any attempt to rein in its oil production has left the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) divided and unable to agree on a plan of action.