An informal summit of a Russia-dominated military alliance of seven ex-Soviet states has kicked off in Yerevan, with its participants discussing ways of providing a "more effective response" to emergencies.
The criminal investigation involving Belarusian activist Mikhail Bashura may be completed next week, his lawyer has said.
Five special police stations that will assist victims of domestic violence have opened in Dushanbe and other Tajik towns.
Tajikistan's Religious Affairs Committee says it has introduced age restrictions on those wishing to make the pilgrimage to Islam's holy city of Mecca.
Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has appealed to the international community not to turn a blind eye to human rights violations in Iran.
Georgia's private Airzena airline has started charter flights from Tbilisi to Moscow.
Officials say Taliban fighters killed up to 30 Afghans working for a road-building company in the south of the country.
The Iraqi government is doing all it can to ensure security for all citizens, but it is also aware that religious and ethnic minorities are particularly vulnerable and extra efforts are required to protect them.
A senior Russian police official has been charged in connection with a shooting incident earlier this year.
A senior Tajik security official says Kyrgyzstan's concerns about the infiltration of Islamic militants from Tajikistan into Kyrgyzstan are unfounded.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that Israel and the Palestinians have been invited to resume direct peace talks in the United States.
Officials from Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province have hailed as a success a donor conference held for the northwest province -- despite receiving no pledges of funds.