Two U.S. military bases in Afghanistan have come under rocket attack, in the second night of such actions since the war in Iraq began last week.
Pakistan has test-fired a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile. The test on Wednesday came shortly after India announced it conducted a similar test.
And two stories from the African continent: Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has filled the last two key ministries in his unity government as part of efforts to end a six-month civil war.
Finally out of Africa, leaders of an ethnic uprising in western Nigeria say they have stopped fighting government forces, after two weeks of violence that has killed at least 60 people and shut down nearly 40 percent of the country's oil production.