Thousands flee across the Burmese border to escape clashes between troops and ethnic Karen rebels, a day after the first election in 20 years.
Bomb attacks on Shia targets in Karbala, Najaf and Basra in Iraq leave at least 19 people dead and many injured.
Michel Houellebecq, France's best-known novelist, has finally won the country's most prestigious literary award after a series of high profile snubs for previous works.
Australian airline Qantas says it is keeping its Airbus A380s grounded for further checks after finding "anomalies" with three engines.
Last week’s four-day annual plenary meeting of the diamond-regulating Kimberley Process (KP)failed to find a solution to the ongoing issue of diamond exports from the Marange region.
Israel reveals plans to build nearly 1,300 housing units for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem.
Human rights organizations say the PA is punishing Gaza Palestinians affiliated with Hamas by depriving them of travel documents.
At least five people are killed and dozens injured as Moroccan forces break up a protest camp in the disputed Western Sahara territory.