The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has asked for 10,000 more troops to be deployed to the country next year, senior defense officials said on April 1.
A European Parliament member says the suspension of a vote on an important trade agreement between the EU and Turkmenistan is not due to a problem with Turkmenistan but rather a problem regarding the "division of power" between EU institutions.
An exhibition has opened in the Ukrainian capital to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the writer Nikolai Gogol.
The Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has confirmed that a prominent opponent, murdered last weekend, has been buried in the Gulf state.
Prosecutors in the trial of seven Armenian opposition figures have dropped the main charge of trying to overthrow the government during deadly unrest last year.
The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan have met in Turkey to discuss closer cooperation in fighting militants along their 1,500-kilometer common border.
The UN ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan said on March 31 that their countries have ratified the treaty on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia, which came into force on March 21.
Prominent Soviet-era dissident Mikalay Lagodzich has died at the age of 81 in the Belarusian city of Pinsk, RFE/RL's Belarusian Service reports.
The Tajik antidrug agency has rejected a Russian charge that half of the 300 trucks that cross the Tajik-Afghan border every day are used trafficking drugs and that corruption is high among Tajik agencies.
Russian rights activist Lev Ponomaryov, 67, was attacked last night by three unidentified men outside his Moscow apartment building. RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke to Ponomaryov about the attack.