Dozens of members of Iran's religious Basij militia tried to attack Italy's embassy in Tehran today, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said.
Almost all the candidates who contested their ban from Iraq's upcoming parliamentary election did not submit their cases properly and may have lost the chance to appeal, an Iraqi legal body said today.
Tajikistan's Supreme Court has sentenced a suspected Al-Qaeda member to eight years in jail, it said today, in the latest sign of growing efforts in Central Asia to prevent the spread of Islamist militancy.
The president of the EU Parliament has criticized Belarus for evicting an ethnic Polish organization from its offices.
The White House is denying that differences with Moscow on the proposed U.S. antimissile shield in Europe are blocking agreement on a new strategic nuclear weapons reduction treaty.
Registration for Tajikistan's parliamentary elections has ended, with 150 candidates officially allowed to run.
Armenian police say corruption-related prosecutions surged 40 percent last year and have pledged to further increase the fight against graft.
Uzbek photographer Umida Ahmedova has gone on trial for defamation, in a case that has prompted an international outcry. The authorities say her work documenting villagers' lives is insulting and damaging to Uzbekistan's image.
An Armenian human rights activist who spent more than four months in prison has been acquitted of charges relating to an alleged dispute with police based on a request from prosecutors, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
In a statement, Amnesty International, Civil Rights Defenders, Front Line, and Human Rights Watch also called on the Russian government to fulfill its promise to ensure a safe working environment for human rights workers in the North Caucasus.
Afghan officials say at least 28 people have been killed and more than 70 injured after vehicles were trapped overnight by avalanches in a treacherous pass across the Hindu Kush Mountains.
An activist from the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) has been detained by Minsk police.