Kyrgyzstan has declared a day of national mourning in memory of the 65 people killed in the crash of a Kyrgyz airliner bound for Iran. At least 25 people survived the crash, but many remain in a critical condition.
An Afghan government investigation has found that some 90 civilians, including 60 children and teenagers, were killed in a coalition air strike in a village in the western Afghan province of Herat on August 22.
Two senior Russian officers were killed when their armored vehicle was hit by explosives in Russia's restive republic of Chechnya, Interfax news agency reported, two days after a gun attack in a nearby province.
The conflict in South Ossetia has seriously damaged international relations, Pope Benedict has said, while urging parties to keep their promises to resolve the crisis peacefully.
Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, summoned reporters to his home on August 24 for a rare meeting, seeking to dispel rumors that the aging grand ayatollah had fallen seriously ill.
Iran has chosen the site and started designing a new 360-megawatt nuclear power plant, a senior atomic official said in remarks published on August 24.
Ukraine sees joining the NATO alliance as vital to its security, President Viktor Yushchenko said in a speech bound to antagonize Russia.
The "USS McFaul" has arrived in Batumi with humanitarian supplies for displaced Georgians. Russian troops, meanwhile, ignoring Western demands to fully withdraw, are in control of the key port of Poti.
Reporters Without Borders chides China for placing restrictions on the activities of scores of human rights and pro-Tibet activists and some foreign journalists.
Official suggests Olmert wants to "find out what Russia is planning to sell," and could try to block the deal.
Investors and allies had hoped the resignation of Pervez Musharraf as president would end wrangling but the main coalition parties have been unable to settle a dispute over the judiciary that threatens to end their alliance.
Russia, the world's 10th largest economy, is by far the biggest country still outside the World Trade Organization.