After two-and-a-half years of a brutal war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and displaced nine million people, the Syrian Government and the Opposition have agreed to hold their first face-to-face negotiations.
A court on Monday found a dentist couple guilty of murdering their 14-year-old daughter and a servant five years ago, in a dramatic finale to a case that transfixed the country and tapped unease on both sides of the rich-poor divide.
A storm blamed for at least eight deaths in the West was expected to bring freezing rain and sleet to parts of Texas as it continued making its way through the Southwest before moving east ahead of Thanksgiving.
China has lodged formal complaints with the US and Japanese embassies in Beijing, expressing anger over criticism from both countries over its new air defence zone that has escalated tensions stemming from a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.
The Ukrainian opposition is seeking to keep pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych to reverse his snub of the European Union, a move that has sparked the country's largest protest since the 2004 Orange Revolution.
An Islamist militant group has claimed credit for the deadly car crash at Beijing's Tiananmen Square that killed five and injured dozens last month, while warning of more attacks to come.
Israel was outraged when it discovered - via its intelligence channels - that the United States and Iran had conducted a series of secret meetings on a nuclear deal, local media has reported.
Mass beach robberies or "big drags" as they're known in Portuguese, are back, and the gang raids on November 15 and 20 spread alarm through a city gearing up to host soccer's World Cup in just over six months and the Summer Olympics in 2016.
An angry President Hamid Karzai has rejected the final recommendation of a four-day Afghan grand assembly that he should promptly sign a security agreement with the United States.
Egypt has enacted tough new restrictions on public demonstrations.
A deadly condition affects one in 500 Australian babies each year but receives little recognition or government funding.