A regional wing of Al-Qaeda said it was behind the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. passenger plane, which was meant to avenge U.S. attacks on the group in Yemen, according to a web statement posted today.
Russia has warned the European Union of oil supply cuts because of a fresh row between Moscow and Kyiv, the Slovak government said today, hours after Russia played down worries about a new gas row with Ukraine.
A Kyrgyz court today sentenced the pilots of an aircraft that crashed near Bishkek last year to five years in prison, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
An Armenian official says a buyer has been found for a mineral-water company that was confiscated in a controversial move from a wealthy, opposition-linked businessman, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian has pledged to crack down on wealthy and corrupt state officials in order to strengthen the rule of law, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
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Russian police have freed 15 Kyrgyz children who were forced to work in an underground factory in Moscow Oblast, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
Villagers in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan have reported that an air strike by foreign forces on December 26 killed 10 civilians, the provincial governor said today.
A former policeman who accused senior officers of corruption in a series of video blogs will himself face prosecution for abuse of office, Russian investigators said today.
A reporter who covered the murder of a leading Kyrgyz opposition journalist this month was found dead in Kazakhstan over the weekend, police said today.
Iranian state-run television acknowledged today that eight people were killed during the latest antigovernment protests in Iran.
A suicide bomber attacked a Shi'ite Muslim procession in Pakistan's commercial capital, Karachi, today, killing at least 25 people.