President Tayyip Erdogan's tightening grip on power is likely to meet little more than symbolic resistance from the West next year, as Turkey's G20 presidency and the fight against Islamic State trump concerns about a slide towards authoritarianism.
Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 59 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the army said today, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people - most of them children -- in a school massacre.
India has this morning reiterated its demand for immediate steps by Pakistan to reverse the bail granted to Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the terrorist who masterminded the attacks in Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people were killed.
A 14-year-old Colorado boy who admitted shooting his father dead and concealing the death by calling the man's work for five days to say his dad was ill was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Bangladesh's rapid development on the doorstep of the ecologically fragile Sundarbans mangrove forest means "environmental disasters" like this month's oil spill in the massive delta are increasingly likely, experts warn.
Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into Macau on Friday as Beijing puts pressure on the gambling hub to diversify away from casinos as part of an anti-corruption drive and pro-democracy protesters prepare to march for free elections.