Human rights groups and the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijani say they are concerned by a government crackdown on opposition leaders and rights activists ahead of a planned opposition protest in Baku.
A Belarusian opposition activist facing trial for participating in "mass unrest" in Minsk in December has reportedly fled the country.
Some 100 Kazakh activists have rallied in Astana demanding voters be given a "none of the above" option in the April 3 presidential election.
Kyrgyzstan's fired prosecutor-general says he and his wife will vindicate themselves in court against the charges that led to his firing.
The United States and rights groups have condemned Iran's reported decision to reinstate 20-year prison terms for seven jailed Baha'i leaders.
About 100 vendors from a major Moscow market that was shut down have launched a hunger strike in front of city hall in an effort to get the market reopened.
Twelve people have been killed as protests at a United Nations compound in northern Afghanistan turned deadly. The protesters said they were responding to reports of Koran-burning at a small U.S. church.
FIFA and UEFA have suspended Bosnia's football federation from international competitions over the the federation's refusal to replace its three-member presidency with a single leader.
Iranian authorities have yet to respond to a February letter from the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali asking for the release of two young Americans held on spying charges.
Bahrain has freed prominent blogger Mahmood al-Yousif after his arrest on March 30 prompted U.S. criticism and sparked an online campaign calling for his release.
The United Nations' highest court has thrown out a complaint by Georgia accusing Russia and pro-Russian separatist militias of ethnic cleansing in two breakaway Georgian provinces.
Forces backing internationally recognized presidential-election winner Alassane Ouattara have overrun nearly 80 percent of the country during a four-day offensive that began on March 28.