At least 20 people have been killed and 40 hurt in a Taliban assault on an army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials say, quoted by the international media.
The two hostages, who died in the Sydney cafe siege on Monday, have been named as the cafe manager Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson, a barrister and mother of three.
The US has spent nearly USD 1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan, the longest overseas conflict the country has led, since it began in 2001.
Commandos from the Royal Australian Regiment stormed the cafe in Sydney where a gunman had held hostages in a siege which lasted 16 hours.
Senior Ukrainian official Valeriy Chaliy announced on Monday that US energy giant Chevron considers to retreat from the shale gas project that had been agreed in November 2013.
Exit polls predict an electoral victory for the Liberal Democratic Party of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the early parliamentary elections that took place in the country on Sunday.
The Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist announced on Saturday that a Russian military plane, which had turned off its transponder, almost collided with a passenger jet over southern Sweden.
The 194 states that participated at the United Nations (UN) Lima Climate Change Conference, which began in Peru on December 1, finally reached an agreement on the necessary measures to tackle climate change early on Sunday.
The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he never had interest in restoring his country's status as nuclear power.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Britain's prime minister David Cameron on the discrimination against workers from other EU countries.
More than 4600 people were killed since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine this spring, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The new EU rules for food labelling come into effect on December 13, reports Mediapool.
A tender for the privatization of the state-owned Telekom Srbija will be announced at the beginning of 2015, according to state-owned broadcaster Radio-Television Serbia (RTS).
Russia does not need helicopter carriers of the Mistral type, because it doesn't seem very likely to land any troops, said the first deputy chief of the Marine College with the Russian government Segey Shishkaryov.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is to meet the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting scheduled for December 15 in Germany.
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John O. Brennan defended on Thursday CIA officers who had been accused of using brutal interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda suspects.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan will begin chairing the meetings of the government next year.
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