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Key summit to tackle Afghanistan
A key summit on the future of Afghanistan is set to start in London with a talks offer to moderate Taliban on the agenda.
North Korea fires near sea border
North Korea fires artillery near its disputed sea border with South Korea, a day after the two countries exchanged fire, reports say.
'Worst year for airlines' in 2009
The year 2009 saw the biggest decline in air passenger traffic in the post-war era, says airline industry body Iata.
IMF upbeat on world economy
The International Monetary Fund raises its projection for how much the global economy will grow in 2010.
Germany to boost Afghan forces
Germany will increase its military deployment in Afghanistan by 500 troops, Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
EC to monitor anti-piracy trial
The European Commission agrees to monitor Virgin Media's trial of anti-piracy software after a complaint from privacy activists.
UK economy out of recession
The UK economy leaves recession, after figures show the economy grew by 0.1% in the last three months of 2009.
Nato to launch Helmand operation
Nato troops are to launch an offensive to take back areas of southern Afghanistan, the British commander there says.