- Middle East Car Bomb near Iraq Cafe Kills 11 A car bomb near a cafe in central Iraq killed 11 people on Monday, the latest in a series of such attacks this year, police and a doctor said. T... 09 December 2013, 11:58
- World Thai PM Calls Elections as 100,000 Join Protests Thailand's premier called a snap election Monday to try to defuse the kingdom's political crisis but protesters kept up their fight to topple her g... 09 December 2013, 06:29
Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych has backed holding roundtable talks with the opposition after two weeks of protests and will meet three ex-presidents to discuss the crisis Tuesday, his press service said.
Yanukovych supported the initiative of the roundtable proposed by Ukraine's first ex-Soviet president Leonid Kravchuk "which can be a place to reach understanding," the presidential statement said.Full Story
What was it like to live in the leafy Shire, the starting point of Bilbo Baggins' trek in "The Hobbit"?
And how did Frodo and Sam feel as, step by step, they made their way across the heat-blasted wastes of Mordor in the climax of "The Lord of the Rings"?Full Story
The European Union's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, will travel to Ukraine on Tuesday for a two-day visit after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators protested against the rejection of an EU pact, the Commission said.
"She's expected to meet all the main stakeholders on both sides ... as well as civil society," a commission spokeswoman told a regular news briefing on Monday.Full Story
All three surviving former British premiers are to join current Prime Minister David Cameron in South Africa at a massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela, it was announced on Monday.
John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will join Cameron for Tuesday's service at Soweto's FNB stadium, where 91 heads of state including U.S. President Barack Obama will pay their respects to the late anti-apartheid icon along with 80,000 mourners.Full Story
A Cairo court Monday acquitted a cousin and former aide of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi of the attempted murder of two Egyptian police, judicial sources said.
Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam was detained in Cairo in March following a gunfight with Egyptian policemen in his apartment and was held despite Libyan demands for his extradition.Full Story
Moroccan police violently suppressed a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara against a planned EU fishing accord with Rabat that covers the disputed territory's waters, witnesses said Monday.
About 50 demonstrators, many of them women, gathered in the Laayoune city center on Saturday evening carrying banners and chanting slogans, including "stop taking our resources," one witness told Agence France Presse by phone.Full Story
U.N. rights experts demanded Monday that Baghdad get to the bottom of what happened to seven Iranian opposition members missing since a September attack on a refugee camp in Iraq.
"We call upon the government of Iraq to speed up the investigations in order to disclose the fate and whereabouts of the individuals," the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said in a statement.Full Story
Turkish police have launched an investigation after the theft of stolen paintings and artefacts worth an estimated $30 million, local media reported on Monday.
Police are hunting for about 40 paintings stolen from a state museum in Ankara after recovering another 30 major artworks in a raid in Istanbul last week.Full Story
A Somali court on Monday sentenced to jail a woman who said she was raped and two journalists who broadcast her story, saying they were guilty of defamation and insulting state institutions.
The 19-year old woman, who is also a journalist, was handed a suspended six-month jail sentence for defamation, during which time she will be confined to her home, said Judge Hashi Elmai Nur.Full Story
A U.N. envoy said Monday a peaceful solution to election impasse in Bangladesh was possible despite boycotts by major parties and escalating violence, which has left 73 people dead since late October.
Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, the United Nations' assistant secretary for political affairs, made the comments after three days of talks with the Bangladesh government, opposition parties and the election commission.Full Story