North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been given the title of marshal, state media has announced.
The move followed a high-level military reshuffle in which army chief Ri Yong-ho was removed ''due to illness'' and a little-known general promoted.
The World Trade Organisation has ruled that China discriminates against foreign credit-card and debit-card providers.
A panel of the trade body said China maintains a monopoly on yuan-denominated payment cards which breaks WTO rules.
Credit card companies Visa and Mastercard and major US banks have agreed to a $7.25bn (£4.65bn) settlement to retailers over card fees.
The case, which has been going on for seven years, is over firms colluding to fix the fees that stores pay to process credit and debt card payments.
Save the Children has warned of an escalating refugee crisis in the border region between Sudan and South Sudan.
The charity said that fighting along the disputed border had led to a huge influx of refugees, with about 2,000 children arriving at crowded camps in South Sudan every day.
A scientific team from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom is hoping to turn the tide of disruption to fresh water supply in rural areas across Africa.
The academics are looking to replace traditional water pumps at water stations with handpumps that feature mobile phones.
Roland Moreno, l'inventeur français de la carte à puce, se retourne certainement dans sa tombe.
413,2 millions d'euros de fraude en France en 2011 contre 368,9 millions d'euros il y a deux ans. Le pays n'est pas sur la bonne pente, alors qu'à l'international la tendance est inverse.
A new Phishing attack has bombed email addresses of many PayPal.
The email begins with a sense of urgency that compels the user to check and check again whether the email sent is actually a scam or not according to the naked security.
Freezing temperatures in central and southern Chile have led to the deaths of 16 homeless people so far this year, officials say.
The latest deaths were at the weekend when two victims were found in the capital, Santiago.
Libyans are selecting a temporary assembly which will have the task of picking a cabinet and a prime minister.
But the vote has been overshadowed by violence and deep regional divisions. An electoral worker died on the eve of the vote when gunmen attacked a helicopter near Benghazi.
Chinese police have broken up two major child trafficking gangs and freed 181 children, officials say.
Authorities arrested 802 suspects on Monday in an operation across the country, the Public Security Ministry said in a statement.
The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks says it is releasing more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and corporations.
"Ground-breaking" news stories derived from the "Syria files" will be published over the next two months, Wikileaks said.
The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant was "a profoundly man-made disaster", a Japanese parliamentary panel has said in a report.
The disaster "could and should have been foreseen and prevented" and its effects "mitigated by a more effective human response", it said.
Mobile operators can now offer enhanced access to employment opportunities with the launch of a new SMS-based job application app.
Job Xpress – the new Internet-free app from ForgetMeNot Africa – enables partnered mobile networks’ subscribers to send CVs and job applications attached to mobile emails from any mobile phone, regardless of the model or make of the handset.
Three people have died and 53 more are infected in a rare outbreak of cholera in south-east Cuba, officials have confirmed.
Communist Party newspaper Granma said a number of wells suspected to be the source of the outbreak had been closed.
Apple's iPad trademark trouble in China appears to be behind it.
The consumer electronics giant has settled its dispute over ownership of the name that graces its line of wildly popular tablets for $60 million, according to an Associated Press report.
The Syrian government is practising a widespread policy of state-sanctioned torture, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.
The organisation says it has interviewed more than 200 former detainees who suffered in an "archipelago of torture centres".
Tens of thousands have turned out in the streets of the Spanish capital Madrid to welcome the national football team after their victory at Euro 2012.
King Juan Carlos received the team at Madrid's Zarzuela Palace before they began a parade in an open-top bus.
Mexico's old ruling party, the PRI, is set to return to power as early official results indicate its candidate Enrique Pena Nieto has won the presidential election.
Mr Pena Nieto, 45, is on about 37%, several points ahead of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has not conceded.
South Korea has inaugurated a "mini capital" designed to act as a new government hub south of the main capital, Seoul.
Sejong City, 120km (75 miles) from Seoul, was to become the new capital, but a high court ruled this to be illegal.
Mohammed Mursi has been sworn in as Egypt's first civilian, democratically elected president at a historic ceremony in Cairo.
Hours after the ceremony, he was saluted by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, leader of the military council which is handing over power.