ISCI, once the dominant Shi'ite party in Iraq, ran a campaign that appealed to Shi'ite religious identity.
Georgian media reports suggested the decision was linked to internal politics and an opposition push to unseat President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Russia must do more to stop violence against minorities, torture by the police and army, murders of journalists, and other crimes, delegates to a UN rights body have said.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has said that Russia is expected to contribute $7.5 billion to a rescue fund of five ex-Soviet states, on top of more than $3 billion already promised to individual allies.
A summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has produced an agreement to set up a joint rapid-reaction force intended to respond to the "broadest range of threats and challenges."
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has decided to hand over a plot of land to the Crimean government in order to resolve a dispute with Crimean Tatars who claim the land.
Five ethnic Azeri students running a popular blog have been sentenced to one-year prison terms in Iran, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.
Barred by international conventions from replenishing the Baghdad zoo with exotic animals like elephants and giraffes, Iraq is making a worldwide appeal for animals.
Foreign militants are flooding from Iraq into Afghanistan to join Taliban insurgents battling Afghan and international troops, the Afghan defense minister has said.
The governor of the eastern Afghan province of Konar says it would be best if the new U.S. soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan are monitored by Afghan officials.
Iran has summoned ambassadors of the European Union to protest against an EU decision to remove an exiled Iranian opposition group from a list of banned terrorist organizations, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Iraq's top election official has rejected claims that problems with voter lists prevented some people from voting in the provincial elections.