Obama named in lawsuit
The families of two Yemeni men killed in 2012 have sued the United States in a lawsuit alleging the men were innocent bystanders hit by missiles from a US drone strike. US President Barack Obama is among the parties named by the families in the wrongful death suit on behalf of Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin Ali Jaber. They say that the deaths “violated the laws of war and norms of customary international law” and “provide a case study of the failures of the drone war”. Salem, an imam, and Waleed, a police officer, were killed a mosque in the eastern Yemeni village of Khashamir.

August release recommended for Pistorius
A South African parole board will recommend that convicted athlete Oscar Pistorius be released from prison in August, having served one-sixth of his five-year sentence. The athlete was sentenced on October 21 for culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a locked toilet door in his home in 2013. According to officials, South Africa's laws allow for "non-dangerous convicts" to be placed under "correctional supervision" or house arrest, which is likely what the parole board will recommend for Pistorius. Steenkamp's family criticised the decision, claiming that any convict should be held accountable for their actions.

Nepali politicians agree on new constitution deal
Rival political parties in Nepal have agreed on a new constitutional deal that will divide the country into eight provinces. The deal will not affect the country's system of governance and will be included in a draft charter that will need to be ratified by a two-thirds majority in the country's Parliament. Calling the deal a major breakthrough, Information Minister Minendra Rijal said that recent earthquakes that hit the country motivated politicians to work together.

UN unveils Libya 'unity' plan
The United Nations unveiled a "unity plan" to warring factions of the Libyan government in the hope of stabilising the situation in the conflict-ridden country. UN special envoy Bernardino Leon said the draft represented a "fair and reasonable way forward". The plan calls for a one-year-long national unity government and only one elected parliament. The country is currently divided into two factions. The internationally recognised parliament is located in the city of Tobruk while the rival General National Congress is based in the capital city of Tripoli. Libya was plunged into chaos in 2011 after the overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and faces advances from the Islamic State.

Four killed in China mass-shooting
Four people including two police officers were killed while five others were injured in a rare mass shooting in China's Hebei province. The incident was reported by the China Central Television and the shooter was described to be a 55-year-old man with bipolar disorder. The other two victims were reportedly farmers. The attack took place in the early hours of Tuesday. The report did not mention if the suspect was among the dead.