(BBC) - Two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria by a radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, the newspaper El Mundo says.
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh will hang an Islamist opposition leader within hours, his chief jailer said on Tuesday, heightening the risk of violent protests less than a month before elections are due.
(Channel News Asia) - Around 20 people were detained Tuesday in Indian-administered Kashmir while protesting on Human Rights Day against alleged abuses by security forces in the disputed territory, police and witnesses said.
(Channel News Asia) - Her eyes welling with tears, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government protesters to clear the streets but she also insisted she would not step down before the upcoming election.
(Channel News Asia) - NATO makes use of Pakistan to get supplies to US troops stationed in neighbouring Afghanistan. But more recently, items such as spy watches, spectacles and other gadgets, have ended up being sold in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
ROME (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas as thousands of farmers, truckers and unemployed people disrupted road and rail traffic in cities across Italy on Monday in protests aimed against targets ranging from banks to the tax collection agency, Equitalia.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin tightened his control over Russia's media on Monday by dissolving the main state news agency and replacing it with an organization intended to promote Moscow's image abroad.
BANGUI (Reuters) - French troops in Central African Republic clashed with gunmen in the capital Bangui on Monday as they searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week.
HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's main leftist guerrilla group, the FARC, said on Sunday it would implement a 30-day ceasefire from December 15 and called on the government to respond with the same.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Egyptian police rallied on Sunday to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets.
(Channel News Asia) - Japan's controversial new state secrets law was condemned on Saturday as "the largest ever threat to democracy in post-war Japan" by a group of academics, including two Nobel prize winners, reports said.