Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved the country's parliament and called a snap election, but anti-government protest leaders have pressed ahead with mass demonstrations.
Business leaders in Northern Ireland have urged politicians to grasp the opportunity to build confidence as former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass returns to chair key peace process talks.
The Ukrainian opposition leader has said he is ready to hold compromise talks with President Viktor Yanukovich.
North Korea has denounced Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, for what it described as a number of criminal acts.
US President Barack Obama has defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programme.
Ukrainian opposition leaders have told journalists in Kiev that they did not order protesters to pull down and destroy a statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has proposed a referendum on her future and promised to resign if that was what the people wanted.
Former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has refused to rule out returning to politics in the future.
Over 1000 protesters gathered outside Japan's National Diet Building to demonstrate against the state secrets act, a law about to pass that would expand the definition of state secrets and raise penalties for leaks.
Ukrainian police have given demonstrators five days to leave public buildings they have occupied in protest against a government policy move towards Russia.
One of the three former garda sergeants questioned by the Smithwick Tribunal has rejected its findings that he had inappropriate contact with the IRA.
Stormont Justice Minister David Ford has said he believes a narrow change to abortion law in Northern Ireland is needed to address cases of fatal foetal abnormality.
Protesters in Thailand trying to bring down the government have rallied at national police headquarters and their leader said the fight would go on despite efforts to defuse the crisis.
Senator Feargal Quinn is to table a bill aimed at outlawing the disruption of critical utilities such as water or electricity.
The Smithwick Tribunal has concluded that there was Garda collusion in the killing of two RUC superintendents in South Armagh in 1989.
Former Labour Party TD Colm Keaveney has said it is a great honour for him to have joined Fianna Fáil.
The Department of Health is to ask the European Commission for an extra year to allow the VHI be reformed into a new private corporate structure and to end its unlimited State guarantee.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said the military was neutral in the current political crisis and she would "open every door" to pursue talks with protesters who are trying to topple her government.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, widely believed to be the power behind the throne in the secretive dynastic state, has been dismissed from his post, South Korean media said.
Thailand's government has ordered police to stop confronting protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister.