Mo Yan s the first Chinese winner of the literature prize who is not a critic of China's government, but the Swedish Academy says that it did not take political considerations into account when selecting the popular novelist.
The International Monetary Fund is looking to richer countries for swifter action as Europe's debt crisis continues and developing countries, once the engine of the world's economy, also face uncertainty.
Lt. Col, Andrew Wood, the head of a 16-member military team in Libya, said that diplomatic security was unusually weak at the US consulate in Benghazi, where the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a September terrorist attack.
The Mexican navy admitted that it had no idea that its marines had killed Heriberto Lazcano, the leader of Mexico's feared Zetas cartel, whose body was subsequently stolen from the funeral home where it had been left.
Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner, was shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday as she was leaving her school in her hometown in the Swat valley. The Taliban claimed responsibility saying her promotion of education for girls was pro-Western and she had opposed them.
Despite statements after the September 11 killings of four American diplomats that the attack was related to an incendiary anti-Muslim video, the State Department is now acknowledging that it suspected from the beginning that the ambush was pre-planned.