An air strike by the Syrian army killed at least 25 people at a vegetable market in Aleppo Saturday. Hundreds have been killed by improvised 'barrel bombs' in recent weeks, including scores of women and children.
US officials say Israel plans to release about two dozen Palestinian prisoners on Dec. 30, the third group to be freed since peace talks resumed. Israeli officials also say 1,400 new homes will be added settlements in the West Bank.
An Australian icebreaker is expected to arrive Sunday, to rescue a Russian research ship in Antarctica. Two icebreakers were forced to turn back while attempting to rescue the ship, which has been stuck in heavy ice since Christmas Eve.
South Sudan's former Vice President Riek Machar rejected Friday's agreement end to hostilities. On Saturday, 25,000 young men known as the 'White Army,' from the same tribe as Machar, marched toward Bor.
For weeks students at Al-Azhar, Egypt's main Islamic university, have been protesting against the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi. On Saturday, riot police moved into the campus, spraying tear gas.
Thailand's political turmoil took another turn Saturday, as demonstrators seeking to oust the prime minster blocked candidates from registering from upcoming elections. An activist was killed when gunmen opened fire on guards in a protest camp.
Warren Weinstein, abducted from his home in Lahore in August 2011, is shown begging for help from the US government in a video released Thursday by Al Qaeda. The White House has called for Weinstein's immediate release but has said it won't negotiate with Al Qaeda.
Pope Francis on Thursday drew parallels between the martyred St. Stephen and modern victims of religious persecution. He denounced discrimination and violence, especially in countries where religious freedom is guaranteed by law.
Russia: Greenpeace activists are now free to leave Russia. Officials dropped criminal charges on Wednesday and began issuing visas Thursday. The charges stemmed from a September protest outside an Arctic oil rig.
Britain has pardoned Alan Turing, the code breaker key to winning WWII and laying the foundation for the computer age, for his conviction for "gross indecency" stemming from his relationship with another man in 1952.