Tajik officials have launched a new campaign against men with long beards in which police detain them in public.
Former Ukrainian Economy Minister Bohdan Danylyshyn says he might be forced to seek political asylum in the Czech Republic, where he was detained on October 18 after being accused of abuse of office.
A doctor allegedly involved in falsely diagnosing Kazakh Health Minister Zhaqsylyq Dosqaliev as having suffered a stroke has died.
The Obama administration has formally notified Congress of an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth up to $60 billion that includes advanced fighter jets, helicopters, missiles, and other weaponry and equipment.
The Russian government has agreed a five-year privatization drive worth $60 billion that will see it sell stakes in firms such as the oil giant Rosneft.
Russia says it has completed an investigation into the aviation catastrophe that killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in Smolensk in April.
The Ukrainian opposition party Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) says an elderly woman campaigning for it was beaten by two masked men in the eastern city of Kharkiv on October 19.
The media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has issued its latest "press freedom index."
About a dozen activists have picketed the Russian Embassy in Bishkek to protest what they termed Russian meddling in Kyrgyz domestic politics.
The Tajik Aluminum Company (Talco) has rejected allegations by an Uzbek political organization that its plant near the Tajik-Uzbek border has caused tens of millions of dollars worth of damage in Uzbekistan.
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne says the country's government will make the largest cuts to public spending since World War II -- slashing benefits and public sector jobs in a four-year austerity plan.
A new book about the childhood of Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev has been launched in Almaty, with the author saying his subject can be a model for today's children to follow.