• Iran insisted it would not suspend its sensitive atomic work after world powers met to discuss sanctions against Tehran.
• China's Communist Party chief Hu Jintao is seeking to cement his grip on power at a closed-door party meeting while further chipping away at the residual influence of his predecessor, Jiang Zemin.
• Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has added his voice to a growing chorus of Turkish protests over French plans to make it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered "genocide" at the hands of Ottoman Turks in World War One.
• Forest fires were still raging across Indonesia, with visibility cut to as low as 30 metres in parts of Borneo island, forcing cars to use headlights and throwing air travel into chaos.
• Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis and his centre-right coalition have secured enough seats to become Latvia's first government to win consecutive terms of office, after electoral authorities yesterday declared the final results.
• South Africa's elder statesman Nelson Mandela paid tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his role in bringing down apartheid and said he remained a moral light in the post-apartheid era.
• Israeli troops killed a Palestinian gunman who attacked a military unit conducting searches in the occupied West Bank.Witnesses said the gunman, from al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, was shot in Balata, a refugee camp near the Palestinian-ruled city of Nablus. Two other members of al-Aqsa, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, were wounded.
• Powerful clerics in Saudi Arabia have warned Arab media against publishing "forbidden" horoscopes, which are hugely popular despite a clerical ban.