A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad in an attack on men volunteering to join the government's struggle to crush al-Qaeda-linked militants in Anbar province. Members of the terrorist group
al-Qaeda in Iraq, which recently changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is believed to be responsible for the attack.
On January 10th U.S. forces in Afghanistan accidentally shot dead a four year old boy, straining ties with the Karzai Administration.
"As the weather was dusty, the marine forces based there thought he was an enemy and opened fire. As result of mistaken fire, he was killed," Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of the southern province of Helmand
Moscow authorities expel writer David Satter from the country in the first expulsion of a US journalist since the cold war. This event is the first sign that relations between Moscow and Washington are beginning to deteriorate.
Iran suspended its most sensitive nuclear development work and world powers immediately responded by lifting some of the sanctions that have crippled the oil-based economy.
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of government documents to journalists last year, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in an undisclosed location in Russia having been granted a three-year residency permit allowing him to travel freely within the country.