Brazil and China have jointly reinforced their financial reserves with a $30bn swap arrangement that aims to offset further economic instability in Europe and the United States.
By Chitra Sundaram
After weeks of political uncertainty casting doubt over its future in the eurozone, Greece took its first tentative step towards regaining stability as Antonis Samaras, the conservative New Democracy leader and winner of Sunday's election, was appointed prime minister.
Britain and America are willing to offer the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, safe passage – and even clemency – as part of a diplomatic push to convene a UN-sponsored conference in Geneva on political transition in Syria.
A Sinn Fein minister and his department in the Northern Ireland power-sharing government has been found guilty of discriminating against a Protestant, it has emerged.
Pakistan's top judge disqualified the country's prime minister from office on Tuesday, in a move likened to a "judicial dictatorship" by some commentators outraged that the head of government should be deposed by anything other than parliament.
Greece's politicians appeared to be close to announcing the formation of a government as Europe's leaders geared up for tough negotiations with the new prime minister, Antonis Samaras, about rewriting the conditions of its bailout.
The ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was on life support in hospital after his heart stopped. He was transferred from the Torah prison hospital to a military hospital, and was understood to be in a coma on Tuesday night.
Julian Assange has dramatically sought political asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, days after the supreme court rejected the last of his appeals against extradition to Sweden to face sex crime accusations and after what he called a "declaration of abandonment" by his own government in Australia.
It was all Mario Monti needed.