With scheduled Syrian peace negotiations less than two weeks away, Secretary of State John Kerry will push for attendance by the president of the Syrian National Coalition, the main Western-backed rebel group. Expectations for the talks are low.
A fire that broke out in southwest China burned for nearly 10 hours Saturday, and destroyed an ancient Tibetan town, whose streets were too narrow for fire trucks. The town, Dukezong, had been a popular tourist destination.
Tensions are high as anti-government protests continue, echoing those in 2006. Protesters hope to shut down Bangkok by blocking traffic Monday. Eight people have been killed in the protests over the past two months.
Miss Venezuela murder: In response to the killing of former Miss Venezuela, Monica Spear, and a British citizen, Venezuela President Maduro announced a security meeting on Wednesday with officials of Venezuela's 79 most dangerous cities.
Dennis Rodman and other former NBA All Stars will play against a team of North Koreans on Wednesday, a 'birthday present' for leader Kim Jong-un who Rodman called his 'friend for life' during a visit last year.
Polar Star is responding to a Jan. 3 request from Australia, Russia and China to assist the Russian and Chinese ships because 'there is sufficient concern that the vessels may not be able to free themselves from the ice.'
Lebanese officials say Majid al-Majid, the purported commander of a Sunni militant group with al Qaida links, died while in government custody. Al Majid's group claimed responsibility for the November attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, which killed at least 23.
Though Western and regional powers are pushing for quick negotiations to end fighting between South Sudanese government forces and rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar clashes continued Saturday, and face-to-face talks seemed unlikely.
A Mexican prison was stormed in Guerrero state, and nine people killed. Gunmen dressed as police officers were allowed in the prison because they were believed to be delivering another prisoner. Both prisoners and guards were attacked.
On Friday, Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters clashed with Egyptian security forces in several cities and provinces. The protests were the most violent since a 3-month state of emergency and curfew expired in November.