Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, and China will begin talks on January 11 aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process.
The death toll from Russian air strikes in northern Syria has climbed to 81 people, with at least 52 civilians among the dead.
The Pakistani Army chief has asserted that any threat to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity will evoke a strong response from Islamabad.
An Iraqi drone strike has killed nine members of a pro-government militia force in an apparent case of so-called friendly fire.
Afghan forces have recaptured a northern district bordering Tajikistan from the Taliban, two months after it was seized by the militants.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Saudi Arabia of using its escalating diplomatic row with Tehran to derail peace talks on the Syrian conflict.
Saudi Arabia's defense minister, Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, is due in Islamabad for a one-day official diplomatic visit.
French President Francois Hollande is leading a ceremony to honor the almost 150 people killed in Islamic extremist attacks in the Paris area last year.
An Afghan official has said that Pakistan will present a list of Taliban insurgents willing to negotiate with Kabul during a four-nation meeting aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has pledged to stamp out graft this year.
The prosecutor-general of Georgia's breakaway region South Ossetia has died after being hit by a vehicle.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed changes to make it easier to deport asylum-seekers who commit crimes