Shots were fired in Bangkok Sunday, as police resorted to force for the first time since anti-government protests began in earnest a week ago. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was forced to evacuate a police complex.
On Saturday, a 50-member committee began voting on changes and additions to Egypt's constitution. The voting comes on the heels of a controversial law banning unreported protests, which is seen as restricting the right to demonstrate.
The US and Japan are defying China by sending sending military aircraft into China's new air defense zone over the East China Sea. But the US recommends commercial airlines comply with China's warning to stay out.
France moves to pass a new law that penalizes the clients of prostitutes, not the prostitutes. If passed, it would give France some of the toughest laws on prostitution in Europe, similar to that of Sweden.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said a recently released Taliban leader may help jumpstart talks with an Afghan peace council. Afghanistan has pushed for help with the Taliban from Pakistan, where many of the Taliban's leaders are thought to be based.
Protesters attacked supporters of the Thai government Saturday, at a stadium where a pro-government rally was being held. Bangkok has seen dramatic protests against the current prime minister this week.
A US naval vessel is undergoing modifications to enable Syrian chemical weapons to be destroyed at an offshore facility. Nearly 800 tons of chemicals must be removed from Syria by Feb. 5, and later destroyed.
A US veteran of the Korean War, Merrill Newman, 85, has been detained by North Korea since late October. North Korean state media released a video showing Newman allegedly apologizing for past and recent crimes against the country.
President Hamid Karzai has so far declined to sign a pact that would keep US troops in Afghanistan after 2104. Analysts in both the US and Afghanistan say that, in doing so, the embattled leader is taking a great risk with his country's security.
Activity at a nuclear reactor in North Korea suggests the reactor is restarting, says the IAEA. And a satellite image from Aug. 31 showed white steam rising from a building that houses the reactor's steam turbines and electric generators.
While Italy's Senate voted to remove former prime minister and convicted tax evader Silvio Berlusconi from its ranks, he vowed to lead from the sidelines. Berlusconi owns the country's largest private broadcaster.
China's declaration of a maritime air defense zone escalates its territorial dispute with Japan and recently, Japan's relations with South Korea have faltered over the use of Korean sex slaves in WWII, leaving the US in a complicated position.