KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 24 (UPI) -- Malaysia's deputy prime minister said there was no government interference in the case and arrest of three opposition leaders and an activist this week.
CARACAS, Venezuela, May 23 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is grappling with embarrassing shortages of consumer goods, in some cases rated to be worse than under Hugo Chavez.
LONDON, May 23 (UPI) -- Forced confessions put "possibly hundreds" of people on death row in Iraq, Amnesty International reports.
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 23 (UPI) -- Civilians in parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are caught in the cross fire between rebel and government forces, the international Red Cross said.
SEOUL, May 23 (UPI) -- South Korean authorities said they received a faxed statement from North Korea proposing joint activities to mark the anniversary of a cooperation agreement.
TEL AVIV, Israel, May 23 (UPI) -- Israel's air force commander warned that his squadrons could be in a "surprise war" with Syria as Russia bolsters the Damascus regime with new missiles.
BRUSSELS, May 23 (UPI) -- European lawmakers said Thursday a political solution to the conflict was the preferred way to end the civil war in Syria.
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 (UPI) -- Kenyan authorities are suspected of trying to cover up alleged police shootings of protesters during an election rally in March, Human Rights Watch said.
TEHRAN, May 23 (UPI) -- U.S. statements on the Iranian election process show a profound misunderstanding of the country's political system, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
BAMAKO, Mali, May 23 (UPI) -- An anti-land mine advocacy group said it would work with a U.N. stabilization mission in Mali to clear unexploded ordnance from the country.
MOSCOW, May 23 (UPI) -- Russian police said Thursday they arrested a Moscow leader of the opposition Left Front movement and raided a bodyguard for party chief Sergei Udaltsov.
NIAMEY, Niger, May 23 (UPI) -- Security officials in Niger are on the lookout for assailants tied to the bombing Thursday of a military camp, Niger Defense Minister Mahamadou Karidjo said.
WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Authorities in Georgia are called on to ensure charges against former government officials aren't politically motivated, the U.S. State Department said.
MILAN, Italy, May 23 (UPI) -- Scores of police reinforcement are being sent to Milan to calm crime fears after a Ghanaian immigrant killed three people, Italy's interior minister says.
TEHRAN, May 22 (UPI) -- The declining reputation of Iran and its related economic problems are the true enemies of the Islamic republic, former President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani said.