US Admiral Mark Ferguson took up his new post as commander of NATO forces in Europe, taking over from another American, Admiral Bruce Clingan.
Egypt's top military commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in comments published in Kuwait Thursday that he has decided to run in the presidential election scheduled for April.
The US commander in Afghanistan has warned his troops face an increased threat of attack from militants and rogue Afghan forces after a series of inflammatory anti-US comments from President Hamid Karzai.
Al-Qaeda's top commander in Mali has been killed, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno said Friday, in what would be one of the most significant blows to the rebels in the seven-week French-led intervention against Islamist insurgents.
Gunmen have killed an Iranian commander in Syria as rebels shot down two fighter jets and overran a town, dealing further setbacks for forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to Barack Obama as a commander-in-chief with a "spine of steel" Thursday, calling on US voters to give them both four more years in office.