Former President George H.W. Bush will spend Christmas in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong bronchitis-like cough, his spokesman said Monday. Bush's son, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, has been among his visitors. The 88-year-old ex-president first was be released in time to spend the holiday at home.
New Delhi authorities shut down the heart of the capital for a second day, snarling traffic and disrupting the commute of thousands of workers a day before the Christmas holiday. The lockdown followed weekend clashes between police and thousands of demonstrators who urged administrators to make the city safer for women, after the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student this month.
An American civilian adviser was killed by a female Afghan police officer at the country's police headquarters in Kabul, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. The incident appears to mark the first "insider attack" since October and the first ever carried out by a woman. The shooter is one of the 1,850 female police officers trained in the country since 2002.
Bitterly cold weather has killed dozens of people and sent about 1,200 others to the hospital due to frostbite. On Sunday alone, seven people died from exposure. School officials have allowed parents to decide whether to send their children to classes.
The attorney general dispatched a special team to investigate the slaying of a federal prosecutor and six other people in an attack near the Mexican border. President Otto Perez Molina blamed the attack on drug traffickers, who have taken over swathes of territory along the border.
Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi ended a two-day visit to Syria after meeting with President Bashar Assad, but reported no progress on ending the civil war. The former Algerian foreign minister is considered a diplomatic troubleshooter, famed for his work in Afghanistan and Iraq.