LONDON - Syrian opposition leaders called on Western and Arab allies on Friday to give them funding to reorganise their forces after Islamist fighters seized some of their weapons.
VIENNA/MOSCOW - A breakthrough agreement to end the standoff over Iran's nuclear programme appeared to face its first major difficulty on Friday with Russia warning that expanding a U.S. sanctions blacklist could seriously complicate its implementation.
SEOUL - North Korea has executed the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un, state media said on Friday, the biggest upheaval in years as the ruling dynasty sought to distance itself from responsibility for the isolated states's dire living standards. | Video
BAQUBA, Iraq - Masked gunmen shot dead 18 oil and gas workers, most of them Iranians, outside the northeastern Iraqi town of Muqdadiya on Friday, witnesses and officials said.
BRASILIA - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity continued to recover in November thanks to her government's social programs and a slowdown in inflation, a poll showed on Friday, making her the clear favourite in next year's presidential vote.
ROME - The election of Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi as the new leader of Italy's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), the biggest in the ruling coalition, has boosted support for the bloc by six percentage points nationally, a poll showed on Friday.
MADRID - Spain's government proposed a law on Friday to control more tightly the financial activities of political parties, after corruption scandals in recent years involving both left and right.
BERLIN - Angela Merkel has ceded control of Germany's controversial shift from nuclear to renewable energy to her Social Democrat(SPD) rivals, who will take charge of ministries responsible for the environment and energy, according to SPD sources.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last week to avoid a collision with a Chinese navy ship manoeuvring nearby, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Friday.
NEW YORK - Indian officials called for quick resolution of a criminal case involving a senior female diplomat who was arrested in New York on federal charges of visa fraud in lying about how much she paid her housekeeper, an Indian national.
They both have austerity in varying degrees but UK growth is now pushing ahead of the euro zone’s. The UK’s flexible labour market and weakened pound are advantages. A Germanically strong euro weighs heavily on a euro zone where monetary policy can’t solve the profound problems.