Iraq's Environment Ministry is blaming Baghdad city authorities for the failure to create a so-called "green belt" around the city to alleviate the impact of Iraq's notorious sandstorms.
Ukrainian banks have begun collecting additional information about their clients, including data on their public activities.
Heavy snow in Kyrgyzstan's southern Osh region has trapped 20 local shepherds and some 2,500 sheep near the village of Kyzyl-Eshme.
Kyrgyz President-elect Almazbek Atambaev will continue working as prime minister until his inauguration as president.
One of U.S. President Barack Obama's top Middle East advisers is leaving the administration.
The home of a prominent Belarusian antinuclear activist has been searched by police.
The United Nations' cultural agency says it has suspended new spending programs until the end of the year.
Iconic Czech poet Ivan Martin Jirous, whose quest for free expression under communism earned him nearly a decade in jail and helped inspire the 1989 "Velvet Revolution," has died at the age of 67.
A court in Bosnia has jailed three radical Islamists for up to 4 1/2 years for planning attacks in the Balkan country in 2007-2008.
Several Iraqi politicians have suggested countering demands for provincial autonomy on the model of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq by granting more powers to the provinces.
A new charge may be brought against prominent Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski.
Tajikistan has said that there is no political motive behind the sentencing this week of two ethnic Russian pilots on charges of smuggling and entering Tajikistan illegally.