Four top Kiev city officials are being investigated by the Ukrainian government, following the brutal police raid on pro-EU protesters Nov. 30. Protesters are demanding Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych's resignation and new elections.
The execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song Thaek likely has Chinese officials dusting off contingency plans. Mr. Jang was a key supporter of China-backed reforms aimed at reviving North Korea's economy.
As part of an ambitious program to send an astronaut to space, Iran successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time. After reaching a height of 72 miles, the rocket and monkey returned safely to Earth.
A man with an official security pass gesticulated in a non-sensical fashion as dignitaries spoke to the crowd at Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday. As a result of the fake interpreter, the world's deaf and hearing impaired were excluded from the event.
India's Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a blow to gay rights by striking down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality. The Court said only the legislature could a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality.
Uruguay's move to allow citizens to buy, sell, and grow marijuana is being followed closely in Latin America where legalization is being increasingly seen by regional leaders as a way to end the violence spawned by the cocaine trade.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged the ongoing threat from Iran in a speech Saturday to Gulf leaders. Hagel outlined a plan to allow sales of US radars, sensors and early warning missile defense systems to the Gulf Cooperation Council.