Russian gas will move via Ukraine without interruption this New Year as the ex-Soviet states have a 10-year supply deal in place, Russia's monopoly gas exporter said today, easing fears in Europe of a repeat gas war.
Two French journalists have been kidnapped by insurgents northeast of the Afghan capital together with their translator and driver, a police official said today.
Russia has given permission for a second attempt to resume air links with Georgia following last year's war between the two countries, Interfax said today, after Georgian Airways canceled flights earlier this week.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said today he hoped for improved relations with the United States in 2010, days after his attack on U.S. missile-defense plans displayed the fragility of efforts to draw closer.
The United Nations will withdraw some of its staff from Pakistan because of safety concerns, a UN spokeswoman said today, highlighting security threats posed by Taliban militants.
As EU president for the first six months of 2010, Spain will focus on strengthening relations with Central Asia, one analyst believes.
The United Nations said today that eight Afghan students died in a controversial nighttime raid last weekend, which NATO-led forces say only targeted insurgents but Afghan officials say killed 10 civilians.
Russia has urged revelers celebrating the New Year in saunas tonight to refrain from popping open the Champagne until they have left the steam houses, warning it could prove fatal.
The police chief of Iraq's western Anbar Province was fired today and authorities imposed a curfew in its capital Ramadi, after bombings killed 27 people and wounded the provincial governor, police said.
A British newspaper says that Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps orchestrated the 2007 kidnapping of five Britons in Iraq and took them to Iran within a day of their abduction.
An air strike by foreign forces in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province on December 30 killed civilians, although the number of victims is unknown, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.
Iranian police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of antigovernment protesters who had gathered in central Tehran, an opposition website reported today.