UN monitors could be forced to abandon their mission in Syria in the face of escalating violence in the conflict between the regime and rebels, its commander signalled on Friday on another day of bloodshed and protests across the country.
Twenty years after she was awarded the Nobel peace prize, Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in the Norwegian capital and will accept her award on Saturday.
Japan is to resume the use of nuclear power for the first time since last year's triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi power plant after the government on Saturday approved the restart of two idled reactors.
European leaders are seeking to calm fears that the Greek election would trigger a Lehman Brothers-style run on eurozone banks after polls showed the leftist Syriza group could deny pro-austerity parties overall control in Sunday's election.
The list of places where Tony Blair must look over his shoulder for protesters during his endless carousel around the global lecture circuit now includes Hong Kong, after a speech on faith and globalisation was interrupted by an activist seeking to make a citizen's arrest on the former prime minister.
Europe's financial crisis should not be used as an excuse for inaction and underfunding of moves towards a more sustainable global economy, a senior Brazilian diplomat warned at the Rio+20 conference on Thursday as the UN talks suffered a disruption over money.
Egypt, a Cairo wit quipped recently, is "lost in transition". The serious point is that although Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February 2011, the country's progress from autocracy to democracy has been halting and complicated by tensions, divisions and violence at every turn.
Chinese officials have bowed to pressure and pledged to investigate the strange death of a Tiananmen protest veteran after widespread suspicion and anger, Hong Kong media have reported.
France's finance minister has declared a crusade against executive pay at state-controlled companies, describing a wage cap of €450,000 (£365,000) a year for bosses as a matter of "justice and morality".
When Yemen's long-term dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to silence Tawakkul Karman, he called in her brother.