Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today said that Russia and Libya have signed a 1.3 billion euro ($1.8 billion) contract for the supply of arms.
Kazakh protesters scuffled with police today at a rally against their government's burgeoning ties with neighbouring China.
Japan lodged a protest with Russia today after two Japanese fishing vessels were shot at by the Russian Coast Guard near four disputed islands.
Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said today he expected Iraq to become the world's top oil producer in six to seven years, and that OPEC should take into account Iraq's need to rebuild its economy.
An interpreter in Afghanistan shot dead two U.S. soldiers, a U.S. military official said toay, adding that the attacker appeared to be a disgruntled employee rather than a militant.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan today, killing at least 16 people.
The British press is responding today to former Prime Minister Tony Blair's six-hour defense on January 29 of his Iraq war policy before a government inquiry panel.
Some Tatar journalists and activists are protesting the blessing given by Russian Patriarch Kirill to Muslim members of the Russian Winter Olympic team at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior last week.
The Taliban are denying reports that their representatives met with a UN official to discuss prospects for peace in Afghanistan.
Iran's state media reports that 16 more opposition activists have been put on trial in Tehran today in connection with postelection protests in late December.
China's Foreign Ministry says it is suspending military exchanges and security talks with the United States over Washington's planned $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan.
Intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed five people in northwestern Pakistan.