U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said the United States would consider paying more rent to continue using a strategic Kyrgyz air base.
Iran has considerably slowed down the expansion of its contested uranium enrichment program, a confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report obtained by Reuters states.
Former oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was jailed for eight years in Siberia at a time when the Kremlin was reining in the political power of Russian oligarchs, will face another trial next month.
Hundreds of prison inmates released from Turkmen prisons after a presidential amnesty are rejoining their families around the country on February 19, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports.
Iranian security forces attacked a gathering of dervishes in the central city of Isfahan on February 19, RFE/RL reports.
Azerbaijan's most popular Russian-language news source, day.az, has been shut down.
Seamen in the Russian Far East port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky have gone on strike.
Activists in Kyrgyzstan's Alai district have created a Committee to Protect General Ismail Isakov, who faces charges of abuse of power and financial mismanagement while he was defense minister.
A Russian court has acquitted four men charged in connection with the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, a Kremlin critic and investigative journalist. The verdict, however, has raised more questions than it has found answers.
The Kazakh Communist Party's Astana branch has sent an open letter to Kazakhstan's leadership demanding the immediate firing of Astana Mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov.
The amount of power generated in Iraq is higher than it was before the end of the reign of leader Saddam Hussein in 2003, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq reports.
A religious panel held this week in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region discussed ways to standardize mosque sermons, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq reports.