Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has appealed to a Russian court for early release from his eight-year prison sentence for tax evasion and fraud.
NATO forces in Afghanistan attacked targets inside Pakistan with artillery and attack helicopters after coming under rocket fire from across the border, the alliance said.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel to Georgia and Russia this week in a bid to ease rising tensions over the breakaway region of Abkhazia.
KABUL -- Afghanistan's Ministry of Culture and Information has accused Pakistan's government of blocking retransmissions of Afghan television broadcasts in Pakistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has fired the attorney general after the country's top prosecutor announced he intended to run for the presidency in elections next year.
U.S. troops have pulled out of a remote outpost in northeastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led security force has said, three days after Taliban militants tried to overrun the base and killed nine U.S. soldiers.
Iraq hopes to take over security control of all its provinces by the end of the year, the national security adviser said on July 16.
Iran can deter any threats against it, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said in comments published on July 16, after the country's air force announced plans for a military exercise to help deter its foes.
U.S.-led operations are having more success in Iraq than in Afghanistan, where a porous border with Pakistan has allowed Islamist extremists to cross into the war zone, President George W. Bush has said.
In a shift in policy, the United States will send an envoy to talks this weekend between Iran and major powers over Tehran's nuclear program.
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.