At least 18 soldiers, including a general, have been killed in a raid on a suspected al-Qaeda base in the restive Iraqi province of Anbar. Islamists are reported to have stepped up attacks in recent weeks.
As expected, the best team in Germany and Europe claimed its fifth title of 2013, defeating Morocco's Raja Casablanca in the final in Marrakesh. It was a successful conclusion to an extraordinary year.
Two US astronauts have completed the first stage of emergency repairs to a faulty cooling system at the International Space Station (ISS). The malfunction has prompted the shutdown of all non-essential equipment.
Memorial events have been held in the UK and in the US to mark twenty five years since the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. The jet crashed into the Scottish town of Lockerbie killing all those on board.
Germany's Green party has voted in favor of joining forces with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) to form a coalition in the state of Hesse. It is the first such coalition to rule a large German state.
US military aircraft flying in to South Sudan on a mission to evacuate American citizens have been shot at by rebels. Four US soldiers have been wounded. It follows a week of violence in the country.
Thailand’s main opposition party will boycott February’s election, saying the people "have lost their trust" in the country’s political system. The party's leader said democratic reforms were needed prior to any vote.
The Russian oil tycoon pardoned by President Vladimir Putin has called a press conference in Berlin for Sunday. He's spending his first full day in the German capital meeting family after a decade in detention.
China has hit out at Japan as the territorial row between the two countries continues. China accused its neighbors of using regional tension as an excuse to beef up defense spending.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has visited Tacloban in the Philippines, one of the cities worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan last month. The UN and the Philippines are seeking donations to fund reconstruction efforts.
Turkish prosecutors have continued charging those in connection to a broad graft probe, including the sons of two ministers. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan maintains, however, that the investigation is a smear campaign.
Jacob Appelbaum, a US Internet activist and one of the people with access to Edward Snowden's documents, has told a Berlin paper that his apartment was broken into, saying he suspected US involvement.
The US has said it will dispatch a special envoy to South Sudan as a wave of ethnic violence sweeps the country. The UN, meanwhile, has expressed "grave alarm" as the number of fatalities rises.
The Spanish government has approved tighter rules on abortion, making it legal only in the case of rape or when the mother faces a serious risk. The changes make the country’s laws among the most restrictive in Europe.
The British and US secret services have been accused of bugging the telephone lines of German government agencies and ministries. London and Washington are also alleged to have spied on a top EU official.
Frankfurt have underwhelmed this Bundesliga season, while Augsburg have performed above expectations. Somewhat predictably, the result - a 1-1 draw - fell somewhere in the middle.
Deutsche Bank, the litigation-laden lender with new management seeking a "change in culture," has settled a court case with the US authorities. The bank will dole out $1.9 billion to Fannie May and Freddie Mac.
The United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria has said the make-up of the delegation to discuss peace talks in Geneva in January has been settled - except in the case of Iran. Thirty-one countries have been invited.
Homosexuals in Uganda could face life in prison should they break anti-gay laws passed by the government. A prominent gay rights activist has called the move “a truly terrifying day for human rights in Uganda.”
Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has landed in Berlin, a day after his pardon and hours after his release from 10 years in a prison camp. It's not entirely clear why he flew to Germany.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has said it will no longer back the ruling African National Congress, starting with elections next year. The move could prove a big blow to President Jacob Zuma.
Countries including China, Germany and Britain are operating more flights to evacuate foreign staff from South Sudan amid sectarian violence. The UN says thousands of Sudanese have sought shelter at its compounds.
Smartphone pioneer BlackBerry has not been able yet to turn the corner on declining sales. The Canadian company reported more net losses as third-quarter business was sluggish and competition remained fierce.
Germany's biggest utility company, Eon, has been reported to be moving out of Southern Europe. It's allegedly planning to sell its assets there amid a drive to refocus it efforts on more lucrative markets.
The EU has said it's ready to resume talks with Ukraine. However, the bloc emphasized that, while the door remained open to Kyiv, it was "not necessarily" still open to its current Moscow-aligned government.
Turkish media say more arrests have been made and police heads dismissed in connection with a probe into official corruption. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called it a "dirty operation" aimed at undermining his rule.
The German government has said it doesn't need all the money it has penciled in for 2013 in terms of fresh borrowing. Berlin noted income and corporate tax revenues would help it to stay below the full-year target.
Polling stations have opened in Madagascar for a run-off presidential election. Voters hope the second-round of voting will yield conclusive results and end the island nation's four-year political crisis.
Market researchers have said they expect German consumers to spend even more at the beginning of next year as employment in the country remains robust. But low yields on savings are also part of the equation.
The European Union's top long-term credit rating has been downgraded by the agency Standard & Poor's, citing what it called lessening cohesion. The dip to AA+ coincides with an EU summit in Brussels.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky has arrived in Germany, after a swift pardon and release from 10 years in a Russian prison camp. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the jailed oil tycoon's pardon earlier in the day.
An unidentified shooter has killed at least four people at the Manila airport, including the mayor of the southern Philippines town of Labangan. Police are still searching for the attackers.
The Cuban government is set to ease restrictions on automobile imports for the first time in 50 years. This is part of President Raul Castro’s plans to gradually liberalize the communist country’s economy.
Three United Nations peacekeepers have reportedly been killed in an attack on their base in South Sudan. Amid fears the country may be sliding into civil war, Western countries have been evacuating their nationals.
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