Throwing open a dark chapter in Afghan history, Afghan officials have located the remains of former President Mohammad Dawud Khan and his relatives, who were killed in a Soviet-backed military coup in April 1978.
Russia said on Thursday it will launch talks on buying gas from ex-Soviet Azerbaijan, a prospect that could undermine a Western-backed project to bypass Russia and ship fuel from the region direct to Europe.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown may discuss the troubled Anglo-Russian oil joint venture TNK-BP on the sidelines of next week's G8 summit, a Russian official said on Thursday.
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, owner of Britain's Chelsea soccer club, has resigned as a regional governor in Russia, the Kremlin said on Thursday.
Reports say the United States and Poland have reached a tentative deal to base American interceptor missiles in Poland for a future missile shield.
Details have been under negotiation for weeks in Baghdad, and much about the process and intense bargaining is shrouded in mystery.
President Bush calls diplomacy the preferred option, while Iran's foreign minister says he detects a better mood in nuclear talks.
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.