Russia's newly crowned world champion junior ice hockey team is expected to fly home today, on Orthodox Christmas, after a U.S. airline kicked the squad off an earlier flight for alleged "unruly" behavior.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with human rights activists from Belarus to discuss the recent Belarusian presidential election.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has unveiled cuts of $78 billion in U.S. military programs.
The United States has said it is sending an additional 1,400 Marines to southern Afghanistan.
A group of journalists has been detained in northwestern Kazakhstan while protesting a planned referendum to extend President Nursultan Nazarbaev's term by 10 years.
Kyrgyz Interior Minister Zarylbek Rysaliev says two gunmen killed near Bishkek this week were behind a recent bomb blast in Bishkek and had been planning further attacks in the capital.
The relatives of a prisoner who died suddenly in an Uzbek jail say they believe he was tortured to death.
Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, returning to Iraq after four years of Iran-based exile, has urged his followers to remain calm.
Moscow police say two dozen demonstrators have been detained in the latest confrontation between the authorities and opposition activists.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has told the National Assembly that the government will reverse an unpopular hike in the price of gasoline that contributed to the loss of his parliamentary majority.
The court said the Lithuanian parliament violated the European Convention on Human Rights when it adopted a new electoral rule barring people previously dismissed in impeachment proceedings from becoming deputies.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law on forming a joint venture with Mongolia to develop a large uranium deposit.