Iranian state television said the first Iranian-built destroyer was launched today in a ceremony attended by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Explosions in Russia's turbulent region of Ingushetia today killed at least two people and injured 28 others including two top local law enforcement officials, Russian news agencies reported.
Turkmenistan's leader, accused by the West of trampling people's basic rights, today said he was open to the creation of an opposition party as part of moves towards democracy in the former Soviet republic.
Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is set to make a quick but thorough swing through Central Asia this weekend.
American Evan Lysacek ended Yevgeny Plushenko's imperious reign as Olympic champion with a spellbinding free skate on February 18 to clinch the men's figure skating gold.
A leading Armenian businessman who says he is a victim of political persecution has appealed to the country's top leadership for justice.
Armenia's Special Investigation Service (SIS) has closed its investigations into complaints of violations at two Yerevan polling stations during a parliamentary by-election last month.
The editor of the newspaper "Pozitsiya" (Position) has been arrested in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia.
Authorities in parts of Uzbekistan's eastern Andijon region have started telling people how much food they should eat.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko launched a court appeal today aimed at blocking the inauguration of President-elect Viktor Yanukovych and forcing a fresh vote for president.
The International Luge Federation says it plans to carry out a review of its events at the Olympics after this year's Olympic competition was marred by the death of a Georgian luge athlete.
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden says the United States will ask for concrete commitments from other nations to secure their loose nuclear material at a summit this April in Washington.