The Kyrgyz government says an interreligious council will be created to regulate the number of religious groups in the country and their activities.
Baku and Tehran have signed a five-year agreement on the supply of Azerbaijani natural gas to Iran.
Police in the western Belarusian city of Hrodna today searched the offices of the opposition United Civic Party (AHP) and Belarusian Popular Front (BNF).
Striking teachers at three secondary schools in Kyrgyzstan's northern Tong district today suspended their strike until January 20.
Lebanon is in the throes of political crisis today after 11 members of the country's 14-month-old "unity" government resigned.
The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee met in Brussels as the EU mulls imposing sanctions against Belarus in the wake of a violent crackdown against the opposition.
A Minsk-based radio station that broadcast campaign advertisements for opposition presidential candidates has been taken off the air due to the cancellation of its license.
The trial of a brother of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev in connection with ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan last year has resumed in Bishkek.
Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has fired the country's interior minister over a wave of violent recent protests.
A senior official in southern Sudan says that the 60 percent threshhold required for a referendum on independence from the north to be valid has already been reached after three days of voting.
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah has arrived in Baghdad, marking the first visit by a Kuwaiti prime minister to Iraq since Saddam Hussein's forces invaded Kuwait in August 1990.
A group collecting signatures in support of a referendum to greatly extend Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's tenure says more than half the country's eligible voters have backed the plan.