French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government have been hit with a slew of scandals in recent months, most recently a tangle with French media.
A girl celebrates at Souk Waqif in Doha after the announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Summer temperatures which can soar to above 50 degrees Celsius and a concern about lack of infrastructure did not deter FIFA on Thursday from awarding the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar.
People dressed as Father Frost, the central figure in Russia's New Year festival and the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, walk along the street during a contest in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for ramming a truck laden with some 1,000 kilograms of explosives into Karachi's Crime Investigation Department compound today, killing 18 people.
Al-Qaeda-linked militants are stepping up their attacks on Sufi shrines, possibly as part of an effort to impose a more fundamentalist Islamic practice on the country.
Millions are paid to Afghan private security companies to deliver food and ammunition to NATO troops. But the companies are accused of human rights abuses and paying the Taliban.
Although Karachi is the most ethnically diverse city in Pakistan and is known for its violence, current levels of violence are hearken back to the 1990s, when the Pakistan Army was ordered to restore order.
India's spontaneous cheers for Pakistan players at the Commonwealth Games has some wondering if the two countries' relationship is entering a less testy phase.
Pakistan said it will keep the Khyber Pass - a crucial supply line for the US war effort in Afghanistan - closed because of security concerns, as a US drone strike pounded alleged militants inside Pakistan.
Karachi, Pakistan, was tense on Friday amid fears that the assassination of exiled political leader Imran Farooq could spark ethnic violence.