A bomb has exploded near the de facto border between Georgia and its breakaway region of Abkhazia. Both Russian peacekeepers and the Abkhaz separatist government were quick to point the finger at Georgian authorities.
A human rights watchdog in Chechnya has demanded an investigation into a suspected mass grave where Russian soldiers may have buried up to 300 civilians.
The family of murdered Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya have demanded an inquiry into media leaks they say risk scuppering efforts to prosecute her killers.
Nine people were killed when a helicopter carrying employees of oil firm Gazprom Neft crashed in Russia's far north.
The GUAM group is ending its summit in the Black Sea resort of Batumi amid reports that the regional club may be faltering.
Rights groups have stepped up their pressure on Turkmen authorities to release an RFE/RL commentator who is being held against his will at a remote psychiatric hospital.
Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar has declared a state of emergency in the capital, Ulan Bator, after deadly riots.
The WHO has announced a new initiative to bring faster diagnoses and proper drug treatment to people suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
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.