Kosovo won warm support from the United States and other Western countries when it broke from Serbia one year ago. But its first year has been a shaky one, unsettled by growing poverty, corruption, and continued hostility from Belgrade.
Three men on trial for helping murder Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya were just pawns, and the real killers are at large, a lawyer for Politkovskaya's family told the trial.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has denied accusations that he supported the Taliban while receiving U.S. funding to fight them when he was in power.
Police in the Russian city of Samara have searched the offices of a local newspaper, "Samarskaya gazeta," RFE/RL's Russian service reports.
Businesses involved in used cars imports in Russia's Far East are collapsing due to a new tax law that came into effect on January 12, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
The Kazakh Foreign Ministry has officially rejected accusations that the government was involved in a campaign to blackmail former presidential son-in-law Rakhat Aliev, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
Germany has nominated a special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying it wants to strengthen coordination with U.S. President Barack Obama's envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke.
Kyrgyzstan has moved a step closer to evicting U.S. troops after the government sent to parliament the final package of documents required to close down an air base used to support U.S. forces in nearby Afghanistan.
The People's Revolutionary Democratic Movement (NRDK), which unites several Kyrgyz opposition parties and groups, has called for the closure of a Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan.
The Kyrgyz government has announced that it wants to cancel an agreement it has with a group of countries who are part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting in Afghanistan.
A new political party, the Patriots of Kyrgyzstan, is set up to hold its founding congress on February 16, during which it will establish its internal structure, working bodies, and program.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has removed four regional governors following growing signs of Kremlin concern over social unrest during the global economic slowdown.