DENVER (AP) - Legal marijuana sales in Colorado are set to start on Jan 1, or so the law says. Knowing when the recreational pot shops will actually open, however, is anyone's guess.
BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has said that Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych "intends to sign" the far-reaching trade and cooperation agreement with the EU that he rejected only last month.
QUNU, South Africa (AFP) - South African troops and mounted police patrolled Nelson Mandela's boyhood home of Qunu on Thursday, with the village under virtual security lockdown ahead of the peace icon's burial there at the weekend.
BEIRUT (AFP) - A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East on Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow and ice.
MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he saw no reason to abandon spending pledges he made when he began his third presidential term last year, despite a more challenging economic environment.