GlobalPost – Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia pushed up global rate.
New York Times – BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — has had difficulty finding common ground on how to exert collective geopolitical influence since forming three years ago.
Al Jazeera – Las Vegas-bound flight forced to divert after captain displayed “erratic behaviour” and was subdued by passengers.
Al Jazeera – Official says Pyongyang has “broken its promise to refrain from missile launches and cannot be trusted”.
GlobalPost – So why are they stepping up the killing?
BBC – Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva’s treatment for throat cancer has been successful, doctors say.
BBC – Opinion polls suggest that two-thirds of Argentines support their country’s claim of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. But there are also dissenting voices, who find it hard to engage in debate.
BBC – Based in the Atacama Desert, the VLT – or Very Large Telescope – is the biggest optical facility of its kind in the world. But how does it work, and what can you see?
New York Times – With Chinese President Hu Jintao arriving for a diplomatic summit meeting, Indian authorities sought to prevent Tibetans from staging anti-China protests in New Delhi.
BBC – The policeman at the centre of a major Chinese political scandal sought talks with UK officials hours before he fled to a US mission, the BBC learns.
Al Jazeera – Examination of containment chamber at tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant’s number 2 reactor reveals extensive damage.
BBC – Australian officials express concern over allegations that News Corporation engaged in hacking and piracy to damage its commercial TV competitors.
Al Jazeera – Abdallah al-Khalidi taken by gunmen as he was about to get into his car outside his residence in southern port of Aden.
New York Times – Comments by Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi represented one more step in a diplomatic minuet playing out against a backdrop of speculation about a possible military strike by Israel.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Forty years before becoming Israel’s top decision-making duo, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak first made news on the blood-stained wing of a hijacked Belgian airliner.
BBC – Israel’s main opposition party, Kadima, has elected the former defence minister and army chief, Shaul Mofaz, as its new leader.
Al Jazeera – Cities are being shelled and neighbourhoods raided, a day after Damascus accepted UN-Arab League initiative.
BBC – The African Union says it is deeply concerned at recent border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan, amid reports of continuing air attacks.
Al Jazeera – African delegation set to arrive to press for restoration of democracy, as thousands march in support of mutineers.
BBC – What can other African countries learn from Senegal’s peaceful poll?
Al Jazeera – If elected, the Socialist candidate may help leftist coaliations in France, Germany and Italy to also take power.
BBC – The European Commission announces plans to set up a dedicated centre to fight cybercrime, based in the Netherlands.
BBC – UK economic growth in the last three months of 2011 is revised down to a contraction of 0.3%, partly due to the transport sector.