Damascus: Two huge bomb blasts kill at least 27 people in Syria's capital, sparking anger at Riyadh and Doha, as special envoy Kofi Annan warns of regional fallout from the year-long bloodshed.
Washington: The American soldier who went on a shooting spree, killing 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children in Kandahar villages has been identified as Staff Sgt Robert Bales.
Lahore: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said he is prepared to resign if the issue of approaching Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari is resolved by his departure.
Kathmandu: The son of Maoist chief Prachanda is forced to return a whopping $250,000 grant from his father's government to scale Mt Everest after the opposition launches a protest demanding scrapping its "immoral" decision.
Toulouse (France): A motorcycle-borne gunman opens fire in front of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, his two young sons and a school girl, the prosecutor's office says.
Male: Amidst opposition supporters picketing Parliament and violence on the streets, Maldives President Mohammed Waheed gives his maiden Presidential address saying he is open for early elections.
Baghdad: A wave of attacks kill 50 people in more than a dozen Iraqi cities on the anniversary of the US-led invasion of the country and just days before Baghdad hosts a landmark Arab summit.
Islamabad: Setting tough conditions for re-engagement with the US, a Pakistani Parliamentary commission demands an end to CIA-operated drone strikes and a civil nuclear deal similar to the Indo-US agreement besides 38 other demands.
Moscow: A Russian court dismisses a petition seeking a ban on a translated version of Bhagwad Gita for being "extremist", bringing cheers to followers across the world.
Islamabad: The Pakistan government issues a notification for switching over to a negative list regime for trade with India, under which the import of only 1,209 Indian products will be barred.
Oslo: In a huge setback to an Indian couple battling for custody of their children, Norwegian authorities say they are not going ahead with a deal to hand over the kids to their uncle in view of "conflicts" in the family.
Geneva: Overcoming its dithering, India votes for a US-sponsored resolution at the UN's top human rights body censuring Sri Lanka for alleged rights violations during the war against LTTE.
Beijing: China apparently acknowledges that it has discontinued its policy of issuing stapled visas to people from Jammu and Kashmir, suggesting that there have been no such cases in recent times.
Washington: US President Barack Obama nominates Dartmouth College President and global health expert Jim Yong Kim for the post of World Bank President, amid emerging nations pitching for a merit-based selection process.