Gold prices gained $6.70 or 0.4 percent during the last week as the yellow metal's value was supported by Chinese gold imports.
An official from Pyongyang has reportedly said his country is planning to conduct a third nuclear test in the coming week, a news report said.
Former US President George HW Bush, who has been hospitalized in Houston since Nov, may be released from the facility in days, a family spokesman said.
French fighter jets pounded an Islamist rebel stronghold in northern Mali on Sunday as Paris poured more troops into the capital Bamako, awaiting a West African force to dislodge al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the country's north.
China announced Sunday that it aims at becoming a full member of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2013, a move which was widely welcomed.
A deputy provincial police chief in North China who tried to cover up an assault his son is alleged to have committed should be fired, an investigation by discipline authorities has concluded.
The key suspect in a bus explosion that killed 11 people in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province has been found dead in the blast.
Chinese labor unions will likely give more than 4 billion yuan ($637.84 million) in aid during New Year visits paid to needy workers.
Beijing's air pollution reached dangerous levels yet again on Sunday, marking the third consecutive day of severe smog, municipal environmental authorities said.
Members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Airborne Brigade take part in an annual new year military exercise in Funabashi, east of Tokyo January 13, 2013.