U.S. and Iraqi forces have launched a new military campaign they hope will put an end to a stubborn insurgency in restive Nineveh province, seen as a final holdout for Sunni Islamist militants, officials have said.
Taliban militants have kidnapped the top government administrator and six of his guards in Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley, the group and officials said, dealing a blow to efforts to restore peace.
Iran plans to "precommission" its Bushehr nuclear power plant at a ceremony this week to be attended by a senior Russian official, an important step towards its launch, officials and media have said.
Russia has said it regretted the death of seven Chinese sailors earlier this month after its border guards bombarded and sank a Chinese cargo ship, blaming the incident on the Indonesian crew captain.
Iran plans to issue a new bank note and coin with images of its first domestically-produced satellite, media have reported, a few weeks after the Islamic state sent it into space.
Pakistan's foreign minister has said he will try to allay U.S. fears about a pact with a group of Islamists in the troubled northwest, during a trip to Washington this week.
Iranian authorities have reportedly blocked websites promoting the presidential bid of Mohammad Khatami.
A total of 64 Russian servicemen were killed during last year's war with Georgia and in the immediate aftermath, while another 283 were wounded and three are missing, the deputy defence minister said on February 21.
The opening of a Russian-owned hydropower plant in Tajikistan has been postponed until the plant's Tajik electricity supplier can repay a debt of $4.4 million (16.5 million somoni).
A financial disclosure bill has been proposed by Iraq's anticorruption commission as part of the commission's effort to tighten control of public money, Iraq's anticorruption tsar said on February 20.
Taliban fighters and Pakistani officials have agreed to a "permanent cease-fire" in the northwestern Swat Valley, a senior government official said.
One of the leaders of Iran's largest reformist student group told Radio Farda that the authorities have increased pressure on student activists ahead of the June presidential election.