Romania's newly appointed government won the approval of parliament Monday, making it the latest European country to welcome a left-leaning government in part due to complaints about austerity measures.
A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai expressed dismay Monday over four airstrikes in recent days by international forces in which dozens of civilian casualties have been reported. "That's unacceptable to the Afghan government," said the spokesman, Aimal Faizi.
Up to 20 high-level insurgent prisoners have been released from NATO custody in Afghanistan over the past two years in an effort to boost peace negotiations with the Taliban in various regions of the country, according to U.S. officials.
Flash flooding in northern Afghanistan killed at least 26 people in northern Afghanistan and rescue workers fear the toll may rise, officials said Monday.
Colombia's president renewed calls for rebels to release a French journalist "as soon as possible" Monday as online statements purportedly from leftist guerrillas provided details about his capture.
Syrians went to polls across the country Monday as more than 7,000 candidates vied for 250 seats in parliament amid mounting international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to step aside.
European markets recovered from an earlier sell-off Monday following national elections in France and Greece that initially sparked concern about the future of planned austerity measures.
Two Turkish journalists who were feared dead after being missing for nearly two months in Syria appeared in a video released by a Turkish charity organization negotiating for their release.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday applauded India's efforts to reduce its imports of Iranian oil but urged it to cut them further to keep pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
Israel's high court rejected Monday an appeal requesting the release of two Palestinian prisoners who are in the 70th day of a hunger strike, an attorney representing them said.
A day after an airstrike killed a senior al Qaeda operative in southern Yemen, militants attacked two government military posts in the region, killing 26 soldiers and taking 16 hostage, officials said.
Rescue workers continued their search Monday for survivors from a flash flood in central Nepal that swept away houses over the weekend, killing at least 17 people and leaving as many as 47 missing.