The charity Oxfam says 5 million people in Afghanistan face serious food shortages this coming winter.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez backed Russia's recognition of two breakaway regions of Georgia on August 29, making Venezuela only the second nation to support Moscow's stance.
At least two Russian soldiers have died in bombings in Chechnya, including a suicide attack on an Interior Ministry battalion base, Russian news agencies reported on August 30.
Pakistani forces pounded militant positions in the Swat Valley in the northwest on August 30 and a military spokesman said nearly 40 insurgents had been killed in the past 24 hours.
Georgia will tighten visa requirements for Russian citizens following the Kremlin's decision to recognise two Georgian rebel regions, the government said on August 30.
WASHINGTON -- The conduct of Belarus' parliamentary elections next month will help determine whether the United States lifts economic sanctions against the former Soviet republic, the State Department has said.
The UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for war crimes and genocide charges after he refused to plead.
Russia has said the independence of two breakaway Georgian regions was irreversible, and Georgia said Russian-backed forces had almost completed the "ethnic cleansing" of Georgians from the areas.
Russia's invasion of Georgia has raised concerns among senior Pentagon officials about long-term U.S.-Russian relations, including future military ties, the top U.S. military official has said.
Western nations will have to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions without Russia's help if they refuse to cooperate with Moscow, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.