A Pakistani passenger jet with 127 people on board crashed Friday as it was landing in bad weather.
This week's sessions are meant to stitch together U.S. and NATO agreements on the pace of U.S. and allied combat withdrawal next year.
The rocket splintered shortly after launch.
Defying international concerns, North Korea fired a long-range rocket early Friday, but it appears to have fallen into the sea, splintering moments after takeoff, South Korean and U.S. officials said.
President Barack Obama warned North Korea and Iran on Monday that their options are few and their friends fewer.
Two of the attacks Tuesday hit right outside the Green Zone where the Arab summit will be held.
The Taliban vowed revenge Monday for an "inhumane attack" in which an American soldier allegedly shot to death 16 civilians.
A series of attacks in Iraq territory killed at least 50 people on Thursday.
Iran began loading domestically made nuclear fuel rods into its Tehran research reactor on Wednesday.
The Carter Center on Monday announced it received $40 million in donations.
Work was suspended Wednesday on the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia after the wreckage shifted.
Five more bodies were found Tuesday from a crippled cruise ship, and a shocking audio emerged in which the ship's captain was heard making excuses as an Italian coast guard officer repeatedly ordered him to return and oversee his ship's chaotic evacuation.
An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday.
Here's the latest news for Friday December 30th: North Korea names new "Great Leader; Russian nuclear sub burns; Massive pile-up investigated; New Year's preparations underway.
North Korea's Kim Jong Il dies at age 69.
After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000 wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq
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