Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has told his North Korean counterpart that Moscow is deeply concerned over the North's uranium-enrichment efforts.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says the Russian government has pledged 20 trillion rubles ($646 billion) through 2020 to modernize and rearm that country's military.
Kyrgyz officials say that one of several suspects arrested in the southern city of Osh for alleged involvement in a hidden weapons cache is an Uzbek citizen.
A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable says Tajikistan has indicated it would welcome a U.S. military air base on its territory as reinforcement against Afghan unrest and a means of funding its cash-strapped economy.
Ukraine's Prosecutor-General's Office says it has charged a former interior minister and ally of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko with abuse of office and forgery.
Former Moldovan President Petru Lucinschi says his country will be "thrown back into the past" if the Communist Party returns to power after recent inconclusive elections.
Ethnic Uzbek community leaders have met with the mayor of Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Osh to discuss their security concerns, including reports of kidnappings.
A Kazakh Communist Party activist has been released from jail in the central city of Qaraghandy after spending seven days in prison.
Some 500 schoolteachers in northern Kyrgyzstan have picketed the local governor's office demanding a salary increase.
Iran's official IRNA news agency says Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has fired Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki.
Britain says government websites are at risk of cyberattack from hackers who support the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks.
Around 100 Afghan lawmakers today demanded that President Hamid Karzai inaugurate a new parliament by December 19, despite continuing disputes over the results of a fraud-marred election.