UN: The security council voted on Wednesday to ease an arms embargo on Somalia to strengthen the central government's fight against militant groups.
Heavy-weapon sales remain banned and the UN has agreed to send a team to help the Western-backed government.
MOROCCO: Four MEPs were barred from studying the human rights situation in the Western Sahara by the occupying country's government, they said today.
The liberal MEPs said they had announced their trip to the mineral-rich territory to Moroccan authorities in advance but local police turned them back when their aeroplane touched down.
SPAIN: The National Court opened a probe today into allegations that the ruling Popular Party received backhanders from the construction industry.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is embroiled in the scandal, has denied any wrongdoing.
MALAYSIA: Security forces today killed 31 Filipinos who have been trying to enforce their claim of 19th-century land rights in the country.
At least 52 supporters of a Philippine royalist sect have been killed since they occupied a village in Sabah, Malaysia a couple of weeks ago.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rejected a ceasefire call from the clan's "sultan" mere hours before the casualties were announced.
IRAQ: Parliament approved a £80 billion budget today following months of wrangling over foreign oil companies and disputes with the Kurdish minority.
Oil revenue accounts for nearly 95 per cent of the budget.
MALI: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian paid a surprise visit to Mali today, pledging to "re-establish security" in the whole of the country.
VENEZUELA: Soldiers are overwhelmed today by the tens of thousands of mourners wishing to pay their last respects to President Hugo Chavez.
Tributes continued to flood in from around the world for the father of the Bolivarian revolution who died on Tuesday. A military officer has suggested he was struck by a heart attack.
Mr Chavez has been lying in state before his funeral tomorrow.
Fire Minister Brandon Lewis probably had a fair idea what Sir Ken Knight would deliver when he asked him to conduct an "independent" report into fire and rescue services in England.
As LGBT activists worldwide celebrate anti-homophobia day we are reminded of prevailing prejudice
Bradford has seen the launch of a new campaign to battle the sources of child sex exploitation - and combat far-right bids to make it a racial issue