The Pakistani Taliban is claiming it used a turncoat CIA agent to carry out a suicide bombing at a CIA camp in Afghanistan. Seven agents were killed and six injured in Thursday's suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan.
A suicide car bomb blast has killed almost 90 people and injured at least 100 at a volleyball tournament in north-western Pakistan. The car bomb exploded as more than 200 people gathered to watch a volleyball match at a sports field in the north-western village of Shah Hasan Khan.
A new carbon tax that was supposed to go into effect in France at New Year has been struck down, delivering a blow to President Nicolas Sarkozy. France's Constitutional Council, a legal compliance watchdog,
At least 23 people have died in two suicide bombs in the same street in Ramadi, provincial capital of Anbar. Anbar Governor Qassim Mohammed was injured; initial reports that he had been killed have been denied.
In a marked shift from previous positions, senior Obama administration officials now say they are starting to see an al Qaeda connection to the attempted terror attack on a U.S.-bound airliner.
Russia needs "to develop offensive weapons systems" to counter US missile defences and maintain the strategic balance, PM Vladimir Putin says. Otherwise, the United States would feel "completely protected" and able to "do whatever they want", Mr Putin added.
China has taken the British government to task for criticising the execution of a British national for drug smuggling. Akmal Shaikh, 53, was put to death by lethal injection for trafficking four kilograms of heroin.