Azerbaijanis are heading to the polls to vote in a referendum over changes to the country's constitution that are expected to strengthen the grip on power of President Ilham Aliyev and his family.
Britain, France, and the United States have lashed out at Russia for its actions in Syria, amid an intensification of the bombing campaign over the northern city of Aleppo.
Bosnian Serbs have voted overwhelmingly to maintain a Statehood Day holiday on January 9 in a controversial referendum held in defiance of a high-court ruling from Sarajevo.
A controversial Moscow photography exhibition that critics say amounts to "child pornography" has been closed down following a protest by conservative activists.
Seven people have been reported killed in a suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Three Pakistani Taliban leaders have reportedly been killed in joint Afghan and NATO air strikes in eastern Afghanistan, Pakistani security sources say.
The United States and its European allies say it is up to Russia to bring about a cease-fire in Syria, warning that patience with Moscow was "not unlimited."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “appalled by the chilling military escalation” in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, his spokesman says.
Voters in Bosnia-Herzegovina's autonomous Bosnian Serb entity are casting ballots in a controversial referendum being held in defiance of a high-court ruling from Sarajevo.
An Italian navy ship has docked in the southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas in the first official visit by a Western naval vessel to the country in 15 years.
Russian special police have arrested the president of the All-Russian Supporters Association (ARSA), Aleksandr Shprygin.