Polls have closed in Russia's regional elections with the ruling United Russia and the opposition accusing each other of fraud.
Some 2,000 people protested against the release of what they said were toxic fumes in a small town on Russia's Pacific coast on March 14, one of a series of unusually large protests across the country in recent months.
Russia's top public health official has called for a ban on retail sales of alcohol after 9 p.m. as part of a Kremlin-led campaign to crack down on alcohol abuse.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has voiced regret over the announcement of a Jewish settlement plan that has strained ties with Washington and threatens the revival of Middle East peace talks.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has edged ahead in early results of an election Iraqis hoped would end years of sectarian strife, but the tight race indicated long and fraught negotiations to form a government.
Iran's supreme leader has condemned a fire festival traditionally held in the days leading up to the country's New Year's celebrations in March.
A list led by Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had a wide lead in early results from the southern oil hub of Basra a week after Iraq's parliamentary election, the country's electoral commission said on March 14.
A U.N. resolution on new sanctions against Iran may not be ready until June and if a vote on it fails, European states could take unilateral measures instead, French and Finnish ministers said.
A roadside bomb has killed a Pakistani construction worker and wounded six of his compatriots in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar, police said.
Georgia's political opposition today denounced a mock television report of a Russian invasion as Georgian government-sponsored propaganda which they said had traumatized many people.
Pakistani fighter jets today killed at least nine suspected Taliban insurgents and bombed a series of Taliban outposts in an offensive near the Afghan border.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says Beijing will keep "the yuan basically stable" and said "external pressure" to let it rise in value "is not helpful."