Messi, Ribery Ronaldo on shortlist for 2013 Ballon d'Or
The trio were chosen from the 23-man list, which included Gareth Bale, and the world player of the year will be revealed on January 13.
Turkish journalist released in Egypt after months in detention
Turan was detained in mid-August while covering the military crackdown on supporters of deposed Egyptian President Morsi.
San Francisco Museums to feature Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir works
Postwar masters such as Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns will also be highlighted.
Defense Minister says Iran improves missiles accuracy
Commanders have described them as a deterrent, capable of hitting a U.S. base or an Israeli target in the event of a strike on Iran.
Juliette Binoche, James Brolin join Antonio Banderas in "The 33" drama
The film is based on the true events of the collapsed copper mine and the 33 miners who remained trapped 2,000 feet underground.
Muslim Brotherhood leader appears in court first time since arrest
The case being heard relates to violence that flared in mid-July near a Brotherhood protest camp at Cairo University.
"Per Ulisse" documentary wins top prize at Italy's Festival dei Popoli
The festival, one of the world's oldest festivals focusing purely on documentaries, is held at Florence's historic Odeon Cinema.
Armenian, Turkish actors beat handshake record
Deniz Barış and Hovhannes Hajinyan’s handshake beat the previous record by 25 minutes, which was set in New York in 2011.
Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County" red-band clip
The story follows the women of a family whose lives have splintered until a crisis bring them back to their childhood home.
Car bomb kills 18 in Iraq, officials say
The Sunni militia group, known as the Sahwa, had joined forces with U.S. troops at the height of the Iraq war to fight al Qaeda.
Davutoglu visit to Yerevan mere show, expert says
"The Foreign Minister's move is meant to showcase Turkey's "tolerance" for all the world to see," Artak Shakaryan said.
2014 Grammy Awards nominations announced
Jay-Z leads the pack with 9 nominations in various categories that include Best Rap Performance for his "Tom Ford".
Russia mulls banning iPhone for officials: paper
Vitaly Milonov, a conservative Russian lawmaker, warned Russian officials in September against using Apple’s new iPhone 5s.
"Siddharth" drama wins grand jury prize at South Asian Film Fest
The drama follows a father as he searches India for his missing son. The film also won the best director award for Mehta.
Philippines-set "Metro Manila" wins British Independent Film Awards
James McAvoy was named Best Actor for Jon S. Baird’s "Filth," a crime comedy based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.
Disney's "Frozen" beats "Catching Fire" to lead box office
Former champ, Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" led by Chris Hemsworth, sits at the fourth place with an additional $4.7 million.
Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" takes top prize at European Film Awards
Belgian star Veerle Baetens won the European Actress trophy for role in "The Broken Circle Breakdown" sleeper hit.
Areximbank-Gazrpombank Group to boost private transfers by 40%
The volume of private transfers at Areximbank-Gazrpombank Group CJSC totaled AMD 337,807.61 in 3 quarters of 2013.
U.S. Defense Secretary in Pakistan to meet PM, army chief
The protests center on the CIA's drone program, which has targeted and killed many terrorists but has also caused civilian casualties.
Karabakh to factually join CU after Armenia's accession: exerts
"Armenia's accession to the CU will help resolve the Karabakh issue in Yerevan's favor," Valery Korovin said.
Minister says nuke power will remain key element of France's energy mix
China is either building, or planning to build, up to 30 nuclear power plants - the biggest nuclear construction project in the world.
Global tech firms urge ‘wide-scale changes’ to U.S. surveillance
The scandal first came to light in June this year after the UK's Guardian newspaper published the first leaks by Snowden.
Armenian Deputy FM advises Davutoglu to visit Genocide memorial
"Ankara can promote ties with Yerevan by ratifying the 2009 Armenian-Turkish protocols without preconditions," Shavarsh Kocharyan said.
Japan revises down economic growth data
Expert: economic growth should start accelerating again in Q4 as domestic demand strengthens before the sales tax increase.
More than 70 heads of state, govt. to attend Mandela funeral events
"The whole world is coming to South Africa," foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said.
Kristen Bell talks “Veronica Mars” long-awaited Kickstarter movie
The Thomas-scripted film will find Veronica taking a break from job hunting in New York to return to Neptune for her high school reunion.
Cumberbatch’s "Sherlock" Season 3 interactive trailer unveiled
"Sherlock" season 3 premieres on New Year's Day in the UK, followed by the U.S. premiere January 19, 2014 on PBS.
Oscar-nommed helmer Edouard Molinaro dies at 85
French President's office confirmed the death in a statement of condolence, praising Molinaro as "great, appealing and original."
Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" shines at specialty box office
Produced by Scott Rudin, Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund.
Greece's 2014 budget forecasts return to growth
Greece has been through six consecutive years of deep recession that have shrunk its economy nearly 30 percent.
UN nuclear inspectors visit Iran's Arak plant
The visit comes 2 weeks after an interim agreement was reached between Iran and world powers over the country's nuke programme.
Russia launches Proton-M carrier rocket with British satellite
The satellite provides a wide range of voice and data services through a global network of distributors and service providers.
39 killed in Iraqi sectarian attacks
No group immediately claimed responsibility for bombings but al Qaeda has increased its grip on parts of the country.
Assad forces secure strategic highway in heavy fighting
Fighting in the area had left the road cut, but govt. forces reopened the road after seizing control of contested town of Nabek.
Ukraine pro-EU protests escalate, Lenin statue toppled
The demonstrations erupted after Yanukovych shelved a long-planned treaty with the European Union to focus on ties with Russia.
France pledges to disarm Central African Republic fighters
A 1,600-strong French force has been sent into the CAR, deployed after days of communal fighting claimed 400 lives.
Netanyahu presses world powers to take hard line in Iran nuke deal
The PM also suggested that imposition of new sanctions could help the West secure a "better deal" in the next round of talks.
Minister says Russia expects 520 mln tons oil output in 2013
“This year we expect oil [output] to be about 520 mln tons, despite setting a goal of pumping between 505 to 510 mln tons,” Novak said.
Iran's president defends interim nuclear deal
"We need domestic unanimity and consensus to reach our goals. So, we should increase our tolerance," Rouhani said.
Davutoglu: Ankara-Yerevan ties depend on peace in S. Caucasus
Turkish Foreign Minister suggested that Armenia should cede Karabakh territories to Azerbaijan as a way out of the isolation.
UN Inspectors to visit Iran nuclear plant
Iran agreed last month with the IAEA to allow expanded UN monitoring at the country's nuclear sites, including the Arak facility.
Oscar winner Charlize Theron joins stellar cast of "The ExpendaBelles"
The A-list actress will next star in Seth MacFarlane's comedy western "A Million Ways to Die in the West."
"Death Comes To Pemberley" Jane Austen-inspired drama trailer
The story picks up six years into Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy’s marriage as they prepare for their annual ball.
MTV developing "Shannara" best-selling fantasy novels adaptation
The story centers on the Shannara family, are empowered with magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.
200 ceasefire violations by Azeri armed forces reported Nov 30-Dec 7
Azerbaijan fired over 800 shots from various caliber weapons towards Karabakh positions, NKR defense army said.
Asus PadFone mini expected to launch next week
The PadFone mini is a scaled-down version of the PadFone Infinity, serving as either a 4.3-inch smartphone or a 7-inch tablet.
Hagel: diplomacy with Iran must be backed by U.S. military power
Chuck Hagel, speaking in Bahrain, said Washington was committed to maintaining a strong force in the Gulf region.
Ukraine PM welcomes imminent deal with Russia amid ongoing protests
Street demonstrations erupted across Ukraine last month after the Cabinet backed off from signing landmark agreements with the EU.
AMD 61 mln raised in Ameria Group children outreach charity auction
During the event, high-end grapes spirits were presented: cognac, wines, champagne and Armagnac by world’s most prominent winemakers.
Legendary Bob Dylan’s guitar fetches record $1 million at auction sale
Previously, Eric Clapton's Fender "Blackie" held the record for a guitar sold at an auction, going for $959,500 in 2004.