The International Monetary Fund and Ukraine said on October 26 they had reached an agreement in principle for a $16.5 billion loan package to ease the effects of the global financial crisis.
Russia has drawn up its own proposals to restructure the world financial system, which President Dmitry Medvedev will present at a global summit on the financial crisis next month, a senior official said on October 26.
Iran is being hurt by the financial crisis because of falling oil prices and a world downturn that will damage non-oil exports, an official said on October 26, even though Iran's economy was relatively isolated.
Surrounded by tight security, some 50 mourners gathered in the Afghan capital on Sunday for the funeral of Gayle Williams, a British aid worker killed by Taliban gunmen on her way to work a week ago.
Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region accused European Union monitors on October 26 of ignoring "armed provocations" by Georgia along its boundaries and warned Tbilisi its retaliation would be heavy-handed.
Pakistan's military claims to have "turned a corner" in its battle against militants -- including Uzbeks, Chechens, and Tajiks -- one day ahead of a key meeting of Pakistani and Afghan political leaders and Pashtun tribal elders.
Scrapping a pact that would allow U.S. forces to stay in Iraq for three years would be a strategic mistake that could jeopardise security gains in the country, Iraq's interior minister said.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, seeking extra funds to help his ex-Soviet state ride out the global financial crisis, held talks with traditional ally Russia on October 25.
A strong earthquake of magnitude 5.6 struck northeastern Afghanistan on October 26, but caused no casualties or damage, a government official said.
Two Turkish engineers have been kidnapped in southeastern Afghanistan, Afghan and Turkish officials said.
A district governor has been killed and two police officers wounded in a land-mine explosion near Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region after police reported mortar fire in the boundary zone.
U.S. President George W. Bush has signed NATO agreements that put Albania and Croatia a step closer to joining the Western security alliance, calling it a historic step for the Balkans.