|Somali president appoints new prime minister
Somalia's president has appointed a new prime minister, an economist who has worked for the World Bank and the United States government aid agency.
|Wallis Simpson's jewels sell at London auction
Sotheby's says jewels and precious possessions once belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor have fetched $1.01 million in a London auction.
|Jang Song Thaek, North Korea's number Two
While hereditary leader Kim Jong Un is the unquestioned ruler of North Korea, until last weekend his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was thought to be the country's second-most-powerful figure, widely considered Kim's mentor and regent.
|Romanian TV station criticized for anti-Semitism
The U.S. Embassy in Romania has sharply criticized the country's state television network for broadcasting an anti-Semitic Christmas carol.
|Toronto reporter sues mayor for defamation
A Toronto Star reporter is suing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for suggesting he was a pedophile in a recent television interview.
|North Korea executes Kim Jong Un' uncle for treason
North Korean state media said Thursday that Kim Jong Un's uncle has been executed as a traitor -- while calling the leader's former mentor "worse than a dog."
|UN chief gets report on Syria chemical weapons use
The chief U.N chemical weapons inspector on Thursday handed down his final report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
|Syrian rebel spokesman decries US, UK aid decision
A spokesman for Syria's main Western-backed rebel group on Thursday criticized the recent decision by the United States and Britain to suspend nonlethal aid to opposition fighters in northern Syria.
|Winter storm pounds Middle East for second straight day
Syrians at a sprawling refugee camp in northern Jordan scrambled to batten down their tents against torrential rains and high winds, as a blustery winter storm battered parts of the Middle East for a second day Thursday.
|US drone strike kills more than a dozen in Yemen, officials say
There's no word yet on who was killed in a drone strike launched by the U.S. in Yemen on Thursday, but officials say missiles fired from the drone slammed into a convoy of vehicles traveling to a wedding party, killing at least 13 people.