- US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greeted Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.
- Richard Gere's new movie "Arbitrage" reminds fans of the actor why he has become one of their Hollywood favorites. During interviews with the Huffington Post and on talk shows, Gere divulged some inside information about the movie and admitted that he was disappointed when he was snubbed at the 2003 Oscars.
- Myanmar opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the United States on Monday. Her 17-day stateside schedule includes meetings with Hillary Clinton and several U.S. politicians, as well as awards ceremonies and speaking arrangements from New York to Indiana to California.
- The Nigerian military has claimed to have killed Abu Qaqa, spokesman for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for series of attacks on government and civilian targets, killing more 935 people since 2009.
- If Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sticks to his word, Saturday will be the end of the line for dozens of death row inmates.
- The Communist Party of Vietnam has vowed to target any blogs and websites that are "anti-party" or "anti-state," but government critics have responded with defiance.
- The rebel group M23 is committing serious war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo with help from Rwanda, according to a Tuesday report from Human Rights Watch.
- The death of US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three members of his staff in Benghazi is a tragedy, and they join a long line of diplomats who died representing their nations.
- José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, delivered the following State of the Union 2012 speech during a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on September 12, 2012
- Saudi Arabia regularly executes convicted criminals by beheading. Its use of the death penalty has been criticized due to a lack of transparency and due process in its criminal justice system
- Angelina Jolie visited a Syrian refugee camp on the Jordanian border on Tuesday, and listened to the stories of several of the newest arrivals. The UN said there are about 2,000 people crossing the border from Syria every day.
- China has more Internet users than any other country in the world has inhabitants. Is that mass of people going to push for greater freedom? Not with government controls as stringent as they are now.
- Nadarkhani, 32, had been imprisoned for three years and was awaiting execution, but the apostasy charge was downgraded to evangelizing to Muslims (an offense that carries a three-year term).
Liberian Timber Wars Pit Poverty-Stricken Communities Against Secretive Big Loggers Given An Opening By The GovernmentForests are extremely important to Liberians, who rely upon vast wooded areas for everything from building supplies and medicine to water protection and game habitats. Recently, a government program turned over these critical regions to big logging firms in a misguided attempt to provide income and revenue for hard-hit communities. Can Ellen Sirleaf Johnson's administration curtail what it began?
- Nigerian police are conducting 24-hour surveillance of all telecom installations after the terrorist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a recent spate of attacks on mobile phone towers in the north.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin said that U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was "mistaken" in an interview aired Thursday.