Suicide bomb attack
A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of foreign forces just outside the city of Lashkar Gah in the volatile southern Afghan province of Helmand, killing one civilian and wounding 12 others.
Afghan security forces have been fighting Taliban insurgents for weeks in the area around Lashkar Gah and in surrounding districts.
The widening insurgency has escalated since foreign forces ended most combat operations last year.
Beer disguise blown
Customs officials in Saudi Arabia have cracked a case of smugglers trying to bring illicit cans of beer through the kingdom by disguising them as Pepsi.
They intercepted 48,000 cans of beer moving through the al-Batha border crossing with the United Arab Emirates. In a video posted on Twitter, the customs officials show an officer using a box cutter to open a wrapped 24-pack of the fake Pepsi, only to find the green-and-white Heineken cans beneath it.
Drinking or possessing alcohol is a criminal offence in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Romania gets cabinet
Romania's Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos has unveiled a cabinet of technocrats with a one-year term, including EU experts, diplomats and civil society leaders, which is expected to win broad support in parliament.
Last week, President Klaus Iohannis named the former European Commissioner Ciolos (46) to head a cabinet to replace that of leftist Victor Ponta, who quit suddenly on November 4 due to public anger over a deadly nightclub fire which killed 55 people.
Adele is not for sale
SINGER Adele has told how she's been asked to be the face of candles, fitness ranges and toys since she became famous - but rejected them all, despite the money on offer.
The 27-year-old singer, who denied that she is a "recluse", also said she would rather sing at a party for free than get paid a million pounds for the honour.
In an interview with 'The Observer Music' magazine, Adele said: "What have I said no to? Everything you can imagine.
"Literally every-f***ing-thing. Books, clothes, food ranges, drink ranges, fitness ranges... That's probably the funniest."