Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a polarizing figure, died Saturday at age 85 after eight years in a coma.
For over a month the streets of the largest Palestinian city, Gaza, have been overrun with sewage and now are being covered with icy flood waters.
Ahmed al-Jabari and another top Hamas official Mohammed al-Hams were killed during a wave of raids in retaliation for rockets fired into southern Israel.
On the first such occasion in German history, President Horst Koehler, only a year into his second term, told a sudden press conference Monday that he was immediately resigning.
In this World Notes, the Austrian Parliament last month authorized civil unions between same-sex couples; Bolivia on climate change, Cuba on nutrition, sanctions on Eritrea, PFLP marks 42nd anniversary, South Korean autoworkers opt for bonuses.