GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian health official says a man has been killed and three others wounded by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip.
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian troops fought al-Qaida-inspired militants Friday in the northern Sinai Peninsula, with Islamic extremists parading the corpse of one of two soldiers killed through the streets while it hung from a pole, a security official and witnesses said.
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's highest court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws in their entirety Friday, including against keeping a brothel.
BERLIN (AP) — After spending 10 years in Russian jails for what many in the West believe were trumped-up offenses, Mikhail Khodorkovsky left prison a free man Friday and immediately flew to Germany.
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. will help the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons program, officials said Friday, joining a complex operation with prominent roles for the U.S., Denmark and Norway.
LONDON (AP) — Two former British soldiers have been sentenced to six years in prison for firebombing a mosque in northeastern England.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Congolese government has suspended international adoptions of Congolese children, following allegations that some were abandoned by their adoptive parents, while others were "sold to homosexuals." The move by Congo further restricts foreign adoptions, following similar decisions by Russia and China.
PARIS (AP) — News that the U.S. economy grew by more than previously thought in the third quarter shored up global markets Friday and sent the main U.S. indexes up to record highs.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A group of Muslims on Friday protested against Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province.
DUBLIN (AP) — The partner of a paralyzed woman who lost a highly-publicized court battle in Ireland to let him help her commit suicide says she has died.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian court has sentenced an Islamic extremist to 45 years in prison for terrorism.
ROME (AP) — A serial killer who failed to return to prison after a two-day, good-behavior pass was recaptured Friday in France, Italy's justice minister said, ending an embarrassing episode that had raised questions about the government's new efforts to reduce prison overcrowding.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Security officials in Yemen say thousands of rioters in a southern province attacked shops owned by northerners, forced police officers to flee their stations and held a general strike to protest the killing of a prominent tribal leader.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The president of South Sudan implored his country to turn away from ethnic hatred on Friday and said that "the long arm of the law" would find those who have killed during a week of violence.
HAVANA (AP) — In Cuba, time is in the eye of the beholder.