Ivory Coast crisis: Political rivals Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara have agreed to meet, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the African Union mediator in the crisis, has told local reporters.
Sudan referendum: President Omar al-Bashir has landed in the southern city of Juba today ahead of Sunday's referendum. The vote could ultimately see the creation of a new African nation in 2011.
Iran invitation to IAEA: Tehran has invited ambassadors from different countries to visit Iran’s nuclear facilities, state-run media has reported.
Threat to Coptic church in Europe? A spokesperson for Germany's Federal Office for Criminal Investigations (BKA) tells CNN that the they have notified state authorities of a general terror threat against Coptic Christians living in Germany.
Sales tax hike in UK: The main rate of the UK's Value Added Tax (VAT) is scheduled to rise from 17.5 to 20 per cent today.
Greece to build fence on Turkish border: Greece plans a 12.5 km barrier at its border with Turkey to prevent a wave of immigrants from flowing into the country, its public order minister has said.
Russia icebreakers rescue: Giant icebreakers are working to free more than 400 people trapped on ships in the frigid Sea of Okhotsk. The fishermen and researchers are stuck in ice more than two meters thick.