Iraqi forces are extending their control within the central city of Ramadi as they continue to flush out pockets of Islamic State (IS) fighters in the city.
A suicide car bomber killed one person and wounded at least 11 others in central Kabul on January 1.
The Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine accused each other on January 1 of violating a shaky holiday truce between the warring sides.
Russia says it's suing Ukraine for defaulting on a $3 billion Eurobond debt owed to Moscow.
Munich train stations reopened and police lifted an alert of an imminent terrorist attack in the southern German city on January 1, but authorities say the situation remains "serious."
Pakistan's military courts have sentenced nine men to death over a series of attacks that killed dozens of security officials and civilians, including minority Shi'ites, in recent years.
Ukraine's free-trade agreement with the European Union has come into force, coinciding with the start of Moscow's food embargo against Kyiv.
Ukrainians are debating a petition to celebrate Christmas on December 25, like Western Europe, rather than continuing to mark the holiday on January 7 according to Orthodox Christian tradition.
Ukrainian police are blaming saboteurs yet again for blowing up an electricity pylon that shut down electricity for at least one quarter of the residents of Crimea.