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
KIEV - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, facing mass protests calling for his resignation, will hold talks on Friday with former President Leonid Kravchuk, heads of parliamentary factions and church leaders.
BANGKOK - The leader of a protest group trying to overthrow Thailand's government and scrap planned elections said on Friday the prime minister should either step down or be forced out, and his movement would then need around a year to push through reforms. | Video
UNITED NATIONS - Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by U.N. experts in Syria, where a 2 1/2-year civil war has killed more than 100,000 people, according to the final report of a U.N. inquiry published on Thursday. | Video
DHAKA - At least four people were killed in Bangladesh on Friday when supporters of Islamist leader Abdul Quader Mollah vented their fury at his execution for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. | Video
VIENNA - Austrian conservative leader Michael Spindelegger, set to replace the combative Maria Fekter as the euro zone country's finance minister, is as plain vanilla as Fekter is brash.
ATHENS - Greek police were investigating an arson attack on former Prime Minister Costas Simitis's holiday house outside the capital Athens on Friday that caused damage but hurt no one.
TOKYO - Asian nations must ensure that territorial disputes do not erupt into conflict, leaders said on Friday, with Japan and the Philippines reaffirming their commitment to freedom of flight as concerns grow over China's new air defense zone.
PALERMO, Sicily - Close family members of the Sicilian Mafia's fugitive "boss of bosses" were arrested on Friday in one of most significant anti-crime operations in Sicily in years, police said.
VIENNA - Iran and six world powers have ended expert-level talks in Vienna on Tehran's nuclear program and expect to meet again soon to resume their work, the European Union said on Friday.
These days Washington is not known for bipartisanship, but every now and then a breakthrough is made. It is noteworthy that Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and Senator John McCain, a Republican, are appearing together at a forum in Sedona, Arizona on Friday.