Several hundred people in the western Siberian city of Tomsk have staged a demonstration against local police and the death in police custody of journalist Konstantin Popov.
Iran's crackdown on opposition protests following June's disputed presidential election was a "human rights disaster," U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said.
Some 4 million Muslims have taken part in mass prayers near the Bangladeshi capital in a rite to conclude Islam's biggest annual event after the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Pakistani officials have found the bodies of six men killed by Taliban militants for allegedly spying for the United States.
The Afghan government has imposed a ban on the agricultural use of ammonium nitrate -- a chemical that is also suitable for making powerful bombs, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.
Afghan forces should begin to take "security primacy" in some provinces by early 2011, according to a draft communique on the future of Afghanistan due to be unveiled at an international conference in London this week.
China's Communist Party mouthpiece has accused the United States of mounting a cyber army and a "hacker brigade," and of exploiting social media like Twitter or Youtube to foment unrest in Iran.
International aid workers looked to speed up relief efforts in Haiti after criticism that food, water, and medicine was not getting to victims 12 days after a devastating earthquake.
Beijing's city government wants to reverse the declining trend of people using bicycles to help ease notoriously bad pollution and growing traffic chaos, state media has said.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has presented his draft annual budget to parliament, telling legislators that "special attention" has been paid to reducing Iran's dependence on oil revenue but offering few details.
Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the December 25 failed bombing of a U.S.-bound plane and promised more attacks on the United States, in an audiotape Al Jazeera said today was of the Al-Qaeda leader.
The official IRNA news agency said the rear end of the Taban Airline plane caught fire as the aircraft was landing at Mashhad airport.