A U.S. delegation visiting Kazakhstan has called on the country to speed up democratic reforms ahead of assuming the OSCE chairmanship in 2010.
Officials from Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova are in the Georgian city of Batumi for a two-day GUAM summit, with energy issues topping the agenda.
France has assumed the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union from Slovenia.
Turkey's top court is beginning hearings in a case that seeks to ban the ruling party for allegedly trying to undermine secularism.
The number of civilians killed in Iraq fell in June despite a few big bombings, keeping violence levels at around four-year lows.
Iraq is suing dozens of companies for more than $10 billion, saying they paid kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's government under the UN's oil-for-food program.
NATO troops in Afghanistan and Pakistani soldiers have killed a number of militants, in a rare show of crossborder military cooperation.
Halfway into former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky's eight-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion, Russian prosecutors have reportedly brought a new indictment against him.
Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region says it is sealing itself off from Georgian-controlled territory after a series of explosions that it blames on Tbilisi.
An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian businessman to death on charges of spying on its disputed nuclear program and its military for Israel.
U.S.-led coalition troops killed 28 Taliban insurgents in southwestern Afghanistan, but reports say six to eight civilians were also killed.
Representatives from the OSCE’s 56 member states are meeting to discuss issues vital to the future of Europe’s leading human rights organization.