Russia will robustly defend its interests abroad, President Dmitry Medvedev said in a speech that made clear he would not soften the assertive policies that irked the West under his predecessor.
Omar Khadr, the only Western prisoner still held in the U.S. prison on Guantanamo Bay, pleaded with Canadian interrogators to be allowed home in videos released by his lawyers.
Iran has told big powers it will enter no more "condescending" talks meant to scrap its nuclear program but wants to negotiate a broader peace and security deal, according to a leaked Iranian letter.
Bosnian Serb police have stopped relatives of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre from visiting a site where more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslim men were shot by Bosnian Serb troops.
Police in Belarus dispersed a protest by dozens of opposition activists denouncing what they said was the detention of comrades after a bomb blast at a concert attended by President Alyasandr Lukashenka.
NATO has said it is troubled by Russian military overflights of Georgian territory, saying they called into question Moscow's role as a peacekeeper and facilitator of talks between Tbilisi and separatists.
Afghanistan has suspended a series of meetings with Pakistan because of what it called the "violent policies" of the Pakistani Army and intelligence agencies and their involvement in a string of attacks.
One thousand U.S. troops began a military training exercise in Georgia on July 15 against a backdrop of growing friction between Georgia and neighboring Russia.
Unknown gunmen kidnapped two Turkish nationals working on a construction project in western Afghanistan on July 14, a senior police official said.
The prime ministers of Poland and Ukraine have vowed to prove the skeptics wrong and make the 2012 European Championship an organizational triumph after doubts over their readiness to host the championship.
The wife of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran in March 2007 says she plans to visit Tehran in the coming weeks to push the authorities there harder to try and find her husband.
Two suicide bombers have killed 27 people and wounded 68 at a recruitment center for the Iraqi Army north of Baghdad.