Ukraine's supreme court gave the opposition hope by delaying publication of results of a disputed presidential vote.
The European Union and Russia locked horns over the elections in Ukraine at an EU-Russia summit with Brussels stressing it would not accept the poll results while Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted the results were "absolutely clear".
US-led forces rounded up scores of suspected rebels in Iraq's "triangle of death" as officials said the death toll from the this month's massive anti-insurgent operation in Fallujah was more than 2,000.
A man stabbed eight teenagers to death and injured four others after breaking into a school in central China Friday morning, teachers and local authorities said. The murders took place at High School No. 2 in Ruzhou city, Henan province.
One of the main rebel groups in Sudan's troubled Darfur region pledged to fully respect a truce with Khartoum amid a flurry of contradictory statements and international concern about an escalation in fighting.
The Fatah Revolutionary Council Approved the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's moderate number two Mahmud Abbas as the mainstream movement's candidate to succeed him in January polls.
Myanmar said it would release a second batch of prisoners taking the total announced in a week to more than 9,000.
An outlawed Thai separatist group has offered bounties of up to 90,000 baht (2,250 US dollars) for killing governors and senior government officials in the country's violence-hit south, according to its website.
British-born author Arthur Hailey whose books such as "Airport", "Hotel" and "Wheels" inspired disaster movies of the 1970s has died at his home in the Bahamas aged 84, his family said.