Russia has accused Georgia of using disproportionate force in its breakaway province of South Ossetia, at the center of a row between the two countries that the West worries could spill over into conflict.
Iraqi political leaders have reached a tentative compromise that could resolve a stalemate over the fate of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and allow local elections to go ahead, the deputy speaker of parliament said.
A Belarusian opposition party has sacked its jailed leader, seen in the West as the country's most prominent political prisoner, ahead of parliamentary elections in September.
Iran faces more punitive measures, including sanctions, if it does not respond positively to an offer by major powers to rein in its nuclear program in exchange for incentives, the U.S. State Department has said.
James Owen, chief financial officer of BP's Russian oil joint venture TNK-BP, has resigned, citing a conflict between the British major and its partners, TNK-BP said in a statement.
Four days before the start of the Olympic Games in Beijing, China's official news agency has reported that 16 police officers have been killed in an attack in a mainly Muslim Central Asian border province.
Iranian nuclear negotiator Said Jalili and European Union foreign-policy chief Javier Solana have discussed an offer from major powers on Tehran's nuclear program, a EU official
Russian literary giant Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the lifelong dissident who tirelessly exposed the atrocities of Soviet prison camps, has died at the age of 89. Though Solzhenitsyn was celebrated as an international literary figure, his legacy remains complex.
Efforts to pass an election law that has stoked tensions with Iraq's minority Kurds faced problems with parliament struggling to get enough members to hold a special session.
Afghanistan has accepted Pakistan's offer to resume talks that the Kabul government had boycotted after accusing its neighbor of being behind a series of attacks.
Pakistani security forces have killed 10 Islamist militants and destroyed several hideouts in a clash in the troubled northwestern Swat Valley, the military said.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to discuss allegations that Pakistan's intelligence agency was behind a deadly bombing attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul.