The Central African Republic's new post-coup government was due to hold its first meeting as soon as Tuesday, its spokesman said, as anger rose in South Africa over its military mission in the restive country.
Syria's opposition coalition meets in Istanbul on Monday to select their first rebel prime minister, tasked with running daily life in large swathes of territory freed from regime control but mired in chaos and poverty.
US President Barack Obama met members of the Arab-American community at the White House on Monday ahead of his trip to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan.
Kazakhstan Secretary of State Marat Tazhin met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S. to Kazakhstan Kenneth J. Fairfax.
Catholic cardinals begin talks on Monday ahead of a conclave to elect the next pope, following Benedict XVI's historic resignation, as a British cardinal not in attendance admitted to sexual misconduct with priests.
Eurozone finance ministers meet Monday against the backdrop of a weak economy and increased political uncertainty after inconclusive polls in Italy, the group's third largest economy.
Syria's opposition has cancelled a planned boycott of an international conference on the two-year conflict after appeals from Britain and the US, but rejected an offer of talks from Damascus.
World powers meet negotiators from Iran in Kazakhstan on Tuesday in the hope of reaching a breakthrough in the decade-long crisis over its nuclear programme, despite low expectations after years of dashed hopes.
Turkey lashed out against Syria as the death toll from a missile strike on Aleppo rose to 58 Sunday, while a US official urged the opposition to reconsider its boycott of international meetings.
US President Barack Obama on Friday pledged with Japan's new leader to take a firm line on a defiant North Korea but the two sides also tried to calm rising tensions between Tokyo and China.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with Cuban President Raul Castro for trade and energy talks as he kicked off a three-day visit to the communist island.
Japan's new premier Shinzo Abe will meet US President Barack Obama this week for the first time since taking power, seeking to breathe new life into a key alliance at a time of heightened tensions across Asia.
The finance ministers of Britain, France and Germany on Saturday launched a new drive to force big business to pay its fair share of tax and halt the schemes of top firms to keep payments to a minimum.
British Finance Minister George Osborne warned against "economic warfare" as the G20 states of top world economies met hoping to allay fears they could devalue national currencies to boost economic activity.
European farming ministers and the European commissioner for health were due to meet in Brussels Wednesday amid growing anger and recriminations over mislabelled meat products.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin met with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
During the meeting the parties stressed consistency and progress in interaction between Kazakhstan and Armenia on a wide range of issues.
The first meeting of Nazarbayev and Putin in 2013 will be held on Friday, February 8.
The presidents will meet to discuss joint work in the Common Economic Space and Eurasian Economic Union.
Despite being grounded on doctor's orders after a bout of ill health, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday took a virtual round-the-world trip to say a final farewell.
- South Africa
- Middle East & Africa
- Central African Republic
- United States
- Barack Obama
- Arab-American community
- Secretary of State
- Pope Benedict XVI
- Great Britain
- World powers
- Asia Pacific
- North Korea
- Dmitry Medvedev
- Vladimir Putin
- Nursultan Nazarbayev
- Hillary Clinton