Azerbaijani authorities have raided and closed the bureau of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in an apparent attempt to silence one of the country's last independent media outlets.
Just over one week ago, US warplanes roared into action over Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq to support Kurdish Peshmerga fighters as they struggled to fight their way into the area to liberate hundreds of Iraqis being held captive by the Islamic State (Isis).
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".
Pope Francis has issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they are supposed to be joyful men of God.
French officials have called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions after two weekend attacks - one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.
Big-city police departments and union leaders around the US are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them dead inside their patrol car.
HAVANA - Three men who served long US prison terms for spying have received a standing ovation in Cuba's parliament, as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington will not change the communist system he leads.
NEW DELHI - The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda.
KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.
MOSCOW - Uzbeks went to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections at which all four parties support President Islam Karimov, ensuring that the ballot will further reinforce his 23-year grip on power.