The European Commission's new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, comfortably survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday brought over news that Luxembourg had lured multinational businesses with super low tax rates during his period as prime minister.
Brisbane, Australia's third largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people, officials said.
The Taliban bombed a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday morning, killing five people, and attacked a foreign compound in the city centre in the evening, officials and witnesses said.
Joaquim Levy, Brazil's new finance minister, is an economist and banking executive widely seen as pro-market, hawkish and orthodox, earning him the nickname "Scissorhands" for his steely budgetary management.
Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for gift shopping on the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday in what's quickly becoming a new tradition on a day once dedicated solely to family and feasting.
Egyptians are bracing for potential violence ahead of a planned major protest by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government, with security forces vowing to confront any unrest with "lethal force."
As Ebola infection rates fall in Liberia, the information minister urged people on Thursday to not let up on the fight against the virus, reiterating the goal of eradicating the disease by the end of the year.