Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the sooner Turkey and Armenia establish diplomatic relations "the better for the whole region."
Iraqi election authorities have barred nearly 500 politicians and parties from contesting the country's upcoming national poll.
A Freedom House expert says the Armenian government's lack of respect for political and civil rights has it extremely close to being declared "not free," RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
Russian rights activists are gathering signatures to push for a memorial plaque to a human rights lawyer and a journalist who were slain in Moscow one year ago, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
Defectors from Moldova's Communist Party have announced plans to set up a new leftist party, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.
The EU's energy commissioner-elect, Guenther Oettinger, has said the EU must reduce its dependence on natural-gas deliveries from Russia without jeopardizing its long-term partnership with the country.
The nationalist Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun) said it will seek to depose President Serzh Sarkisian if his fence-mending agreements with Turkey are ratified by parliament, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said the country would introduce military classes in schools in 2011, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama has said the United States is making an initial $100 million relief effort for disaster-stricken Haiti.
The Tajik Culture Ministry is preparing tighter controls for allowing Tajiks to study at Islamic universities and madrasahs abroad, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.
President Viktor Yushchenko said in a statement that today's ruling, which finds former Soviet leaders criminally culpable, is a landmark "that restores historical justice and gives a chance to build Ukraine on fair and democratic principles."
An energy summit that promised to jump-start export projects circumventing Russia appears to have lost considerable momentum after first the Ukrainian president, and then all the other participating heads of state, pulled out of the meeting.