NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the alliance would maintain sufficient troops in Afghanistan until local security forces have proven they can take over.
An Iraqi official says there is a "general inclination" to not ask people about their ethnicity in the national census scheduled for December 5.
The defamation trial of Russian journalist Mikhail Beketov was postponed when he did not appear in court.
Belarusian opposition youth activist Maksim Dashuk has been released after serving two years and five months of "restricted freedom" for participating in an unsanctioned street demonstration.
The first line of the long-awaited Almaty subway has been through its inaugural test.
An alleged accomplice of a former Russian Duma deputy suspected of involvement in the killing in 1998 of politician Galina Starovoitova has been detained in St. Petersburg.
The Prosecutor-General's Office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv has launched an investigation into the alleged tapping of an opposition politician's telephone.
One of France's biggest trade unions has called for further "massive" strike actions next week against a government plan to raise the retirement age.
Dozens of Kyrgyz rights activists picketed the Prosecutor-General's Office to demand protection and security for Kyrgyz lawyers and activists.
Religious scholar Ahmad Ghabel was arrested in December on his way to the funeral of senior dissident cleric Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, and spent six months in jail before being released on bail. He was rearrested last month in Mashhad.
The Afghan government's newly formed peace council wants Saudi Arabia to play a role in efforts to reconcile with the Taliban.
Kyrgyz border officials say one shepherd was wounded and two others beaten on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border in separate incidents this week.