The Russian State Duma has defeated a motion that would have suspended adoptions of Russian children by families in the United States.
Responding to dire warnings from ecologists, Armenian authorities have moved to clean up a toxic-waste burial site near Yerevan that appears to have been dug up by unknown intruders several months ago.
Lecturers and Muslim students at northern Iraq's Mosul University staged a sit-in today to protest deadly attacks against Christian students, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has given the pilot who flew the ousted Kyrgyz president out of Kyrgyzstan last month a special state award.
An Iranian government official said today that Tajikistan has rejected an offer to establish visa-free travel between the two countries.
About 300 people gathered today near the Solovki memorial on Moscow's Lubyanka Square to mark 40 days since scores of people were killed and injured in subway suicide attacks.
The former head of Croatia's largest state-owned firm -- the power company HEP -- was reportedly arrested today on suspicion of embezzling millions of euros.
Two Turkish soldiers and five Kurdish rebels were reportedly killed today in a clash in southeastern Turkey close to the border with Iraq.
A Tajik court has sided with students and ordered tuition at a university in northern Tajikistan to be lowered.
An Armenian law-enforcement body investigating the death of a man in police custody says it is trying to contact two key witnesses who left the country after the incident.
U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell continues efforts today to revive indirect peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis.
The Russian Defense Ministry says it has released a group of Somali pirates who were captured in the Gulf of Aden by its naval forces after seizing a Russian oil tanker.