US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice secured an agreement from Israel and the Palestinians for settler homes to be razed after the Gaza Strip pullout, hailing the withdrawal as an historic chance for peace.
At least 23 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a busy kebab restaurant near Baghdad's Green Zone, one of a string of attacks across the country that claimed a total of 43 lives.
Two of Iran's most prominent dissidents, Shirin Ebadi and Hashem Aghajari, announced they will boycott the second round of Iran's presidential elections despite the prospect of an extreme-right victory.
Lebanese voted in a decisive final round of elections with the main opposition bloc which led the campaign to end Syrian domination in an uphill battle to secure a parliamentary majority.
United States warplanes killed 15 to 20 suspected Taliban rebels in southern Afghanistan in the latest attack in a renewed wave of violence to hit the country.
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained leader of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, turned 60 alone and under house arrest as her supporters here and around the world demanded her freedom.
Eight South Korean soldiers were killed and two others were seriously injured when a soldier went on a shooting rampage near the tense inter-Korean border.
EU leaders scrambled to pick up the pieces after an explosive summit left their grand European project in tatters, divided on its funding and adrift over its future direction.
US Senate Republicans will make a new effort Monday to confirm John Bolton as the US ambassador to the United Nations, but Democrats are likely to renew their efforts to block the controversial nomination.
Voters in the west African state of Guinea-Bissau turned out in large numbers to cast their ballots in the first round of a presidential election aimed at ending almost two years of political transition.