In the German city of Cologne, they're stepping up security ahead of News Year's Eve celebrations. Last year, groups of men harassed hundreds of women outside the main station where crowds had gathered to usher in the new year.
Taliban gunmen and a suicide bomber have attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five officers and injuring 22. The assault comes as the US is preparing to send more troops to the country.
German police have released three British men whose conversation prompted an Easyjet pilot to make an emergency stop in Cologne. After examining their phones, authorities now believe "there was no actual threat."
An alarming new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details dozens of violent assaults on rights activists and bloggers in Vietnam. State security services are also implicated in contributing to violent repression.
Ankara has attacked the US's decision to issue arrest warrants for Turkish security guards who assaulted protesters during President Erdogan's trip to Washington in May. The violence has been widely condemned.
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