The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed that it is seeking details from Australian authorities about recent media reports of the navy forcing boats, presumed to be carrying asylum-seekers on their way to Australia, back to Indonesian territorial waters, as well as reports of plans to buy and provide vessels for future “push-backs.”

Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has been finned with $1.23 million for violating the one child policy. He has three children: two boys and a girl. a Chinese official on Friday justified the fine imposed for violating family planning rules as legal.

Reporters Without Borders informs that 75 journalists were killed in 2013 because of their work, also 4 media assistants and 37 netizens and citizen-journalists were killed in the same period, most of them in Syria.

Close to half of the Central African Republic population are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to a senior United Nations official who informed to the Security Council about the “greatly deteriorated” situation in the country following a spate of attacks on 5 December that had triggered further unrest.

More than 30 UN member states have been invited to participate in the international conference of peace on Syria Preparations for the long-sought international conference on Syria, but Iran, the main Syrian ally, is not among them yet

Al-Qaeda-linked group ‘kills’ Aleppo captives. At least 50 were executed, according to activists and a fighter. Fear for the situation of kidnapped journalists – Al Jazeera.