Small numbers of Russians have rallied in several cities across the country to honor the 66 people confirmed killed in a recent double mine explosion in the Siberian town of Mezhdurechensk.
Thirteen-year-old American Jordan Romero has become the youngest climber ever to reach the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak.
Reformist cleric Mehdi Karubi has lashed out at Iran's judiciary and hard-line lawmakers, accusing them of becoming the tools of the political leadership and security forces, according to a statement posted on the sahamnews.org website.
An Air India Express passenger jet has crashed in southern India on its way from Dubai, killing at least 158 people.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes an Iranian nuclear fuel swap agreement with Brazil and Turkey will lead to the end of Tehran's with the West over its nuclear program.
A spate of killings targeting ethnic Pashtuns has shaken Pakistan's largest city of Karachi.
Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan have failed to reach agreement on establishing a joint customs union.
A leading member of anti-U.S cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's movement has warned that the nomination of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a second term is causing friction between al-Maliki's coalition and al-Sadr's movement.
The Bishkek city court made the ruling on May 20, dismissing a verdict handed down on March 16 by a district court that had found Jekshenkulov guilty of financial abuse and sentenced him to a suspended term of five years in jail.
The Muslim leader in the Russian republic of North Ossetia has offered his resignation following controversial statements he made in an interview earlier this month.
A bakery in Tatarstan says it has signed an agreement to pay for the use of a picture of the Kazan Kremlin on its products.
Turkmenistan's Migration Office in Ashgabat has banned an RFE/RL journalist from entering the country although he had a valid visa.