NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday the military alliance was sticking to the transition plan in Afghanistan mapped out in 2010, despite French proposals to speed up NATO's handover of security to Afghan forces, Xinhua reported.
"We stick to the roadmap that was outlined at the NATO summit in Libson in November 2010. According to which, we will gradually handover lead responsibility to the Afghans. A process that has been started and hopefully will be completed by the end of 2014," Rasmussen told reporters at NATO headquarters.
A protest has been staged against the U.S. Manas transit centre in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, KyrTAG reports.
The protestors, demanding withdrawal of the U.S. base from Manas airport, gathered in front of the U.S. embassy building in Bishkek.
According to the embassy's report, the protestors have submitted their petition to the diplomatic mission.
The police are insuring order.
A policeman and nine of his family members were killed in a bomb attack on their house in south of Baghdad on Thursday, a local police source said, dpa reported.
The attack occurred in the early morning hours when insurgents blew up bombs in the house of the policeman Ahmed Zuwaiyn in the town of Mussayab, some 60 km south of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The presidential candidates in Turkmenistan standing for the elections scheduled for February 12 are currently holding meetings with voters, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the country reported
The Uzbek Foreign Ministry recently received Japanese ambassador Yoshihisa Kuroda, the Foreign Ministry said.
Both parties attach great importance to the forthcoming 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, today January 26.
Uzbekistan and Japan have established close and multifaceted relations in the spirit of the joint statement on friendship, strategic partnership and cooperation agreement signed in 2002.
Iran will launch ethanol fuel supplies by the end of Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012) after transition to Euro 4 standards, ISNA reported.
Iranian officials noted testing the ethanol fuel would complete in the Iranian southwestern city of Khuzestan by the end of this Iranian calendar year.
In this regard, appropriate reservoirs are being built in the city to supply the country with ethanol fuel.
Syrian security forces stormed Thursday a restive area on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, killing at least two people, activists based in northern Lebanon told dpa.
"Sounds of heavy explosions and machine guns are rocking the area of Douma. But ambulances are being prevented from entering the area," said Ahmed al-Hamawi, a Syrian activist.
He added that at least eight people, including two women, were injured in the attack.
Government forces have been carrying out major crackdowns across Syria, including the central provinces of Hama and Homs, since Tuesday.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed heads of the three departments of the Presidential Administration, presidential press-service reported on Thursday.
According to the presidential order, Marat Daueshov was appointed to the post of the Civil Service and personnel policy department in the presidential administration.
Zhapsarbay Kuanyshev was appointed as the head of the internal policy department.
Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov was appointed as the head of the state control and organizational-territorial operation Department.
Turkey is not in a hurry with economic sanctions against France, as the law criminalising denial of the so called "Armenian genocide" adopted by the country's Senate is not the final decision of Paris on this issue, TRT Haber TV Channel quotes Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan as saying on Thursday.
"Turkey has taken wait-and-see attitude toward issue of economic sanctions against France," he said.
Mr Babacan said Turkey keeps watch on developments over "Armenian genocide" law and the country's further steps will depend on the decision of Paris on this issue.
The bodycount in today's bomb explosion incident in Afghanistan has risen to four people, Office of the Spokesperson to the President of Afghanistan told Trend.
"The blast killed four, including one child, and injured 34 injured people, including three women," the office said.
Earlier today, a car exploded on the crowded street near the Educational Department building in Lashkar Gah city of Afghanistan's Helmand Province.