MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin has said, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance.
Beachside memorials and religious services have been held across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than 250,000 people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.
ISTANBUL: A Turkish high school student arrested on charges of insulting President Tayyip Erdogan was released on Friday pending trial but could still face up to four years in prison if convicted, local media reported.
Kiev and pro-Russian separatists will exchange hundreds of prisoners soon, an aide to the head of Ukraine's SBU state security service has said, as the military reported a slight increase in rebel attacks.
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the "brutal persecution" of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world.
AMMAN: The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria said he did not consider his son a hostage and called on his captors to treat him as a "guest".