U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has issued a blanket mandate requiring politically appointed ambassadors installed by President Barack Obama to leave their posts by Inauguration Day, the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand said on Friday.

Elite Iraqi troops advanced against Islamic State militants in eastern Mosul in their first night-time raid in the city, a spokesman said on Friday, in a U.S.-backed operation which officials say is gaining momentum.

Australian airline Qantas has been named the safest airline in the world for the fourth successive year.

MULTAN, Pakistan, Jan 6: Police say a train has crushed two motorized rickshaws on an ungated crossing, killing seven schoolchildren in central Pakistan.

MEXICO CITY, Jan 6: Anger over gasoline prices hikes in Mexico fueled more protests and looting Thursday, and officials said the unrest had resulted in the death of a policeman and a bystander, the ransacking of 300 stores and arrests of over 700 people.

WASHINGTON, Jan 5:  The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped significantly last week, a sign of a robust job market.

WASHINGTON, Jan 5: Senior U.S. intelligence officials will testify in Congress on Thursday on Russia's alleged cyber attacks during the 2016 election campaign, even as President-elect Donald Trump casts doubt on intelligence agencies' findings that Moscow orchestrated the hacks.

BAGHDAD, Jan 5: Iraqi officials say a car bombing in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad has killed at least eight people.

As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting US president ordered his team to upgrade the White House’s aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed.

The Russian leader Vladimir Putin has earned a reputation for keeping other world leaders waiting, and even royalty and the Pope can’t force the Kremlin chief to stick to a tight timetable.