Moscow offered to waive its food embargo as the European Union imposed sanctions on 13 Ukrainians accused of organizing rogue elections in eastern Ukraine earlier this November. EU officials rejected the Russian offer.
On Friday, bomb explosions at a central mosque in Kano, Nigeria killed more than 102 people. Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the attack, though it bears the hallmarks of the militant group.
A foreign guesthouse believed to host Europeans working with the Afghan government, or Christian missionaries was attacked by Taliban suicide bombers and gunman on Saturday. It wasn't clear if there were civilian casualties.
The pro-China Nationalist Party lost eight city and county elections Saturday, pointing to an electorate that is souring on Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou. Premier Jiang Yi-huah, the head of the Cabinet, resigned Saturday.
On Saturday, an Egyptian court acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, his security chief, and six top security commanders in the killing of hundreds of protesters in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.
Aiming to put pressure on Damascus, the Syrian rebels, believed to include some CIA-trained fighters as well some from Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, have captured a string of towns from Assad's forces in the south.
A possible meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, threatened to overshadow the other proceedings at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Katmandu, Nepal.
Human rights officials have raised the death toll in Raqqa, Syria to 95, including 52 civilians, as Syrian government forces carry out one of the deadliest attacks on the Islamic State stronghold in the past three years.