Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry says a total of 238,000 firefighters are battling flames in 14 regions in the center of the country on July 31.
A Pakistan official says recovery workers have found the "black box" flight data recorder from the wreckage of the July 28 plane crash near Islamabad that killed all 152 people aboard.
A Ukrainian blogger says he was summoned by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) for questioning for allegedly threatening the life of the president and insulting him.
Defense officials in Moscow and Yerevan said on July 30 they are planning to sign a new military agreement that would assign Russia and its troops a greater role in ensuring Armenia's security.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has decided to call for an investigation into corruption surrounding the construction of facilities for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Activists in Tatarstan's second-largest city, Chally, are protesting the closure of four programs in Tatar on a local television channel.
A journalist and opposition activist in the eastern Russian region of Krasnoyarsk has been barred from appearing on a local television station.
Reports say a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Iran on July 31, a day after a weaker quake rattled the country's northeast.
Pakistan says some 800 people have died in flooding that has hit the north of the country.
U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Iran to "immediately release" three American hikers who have been held by Tehran for a full year.
The lawyer of a jailed university worker says his client's appeal to the Supreme Court for a review of his death sentence has been rejected.
Protesters in the eastern Afghan town of Terenkot have accused some NATO-led forces of showing disrespect for the Koran.