Afghan President Hamid Karzai repeated his call for Pakistan today to help end a 10-year Taliban insurgency.
Kazakhstan's central bank chief, Grigory Marchenko, says he has dropped his bid to be the next chief of the International Monetary Fund.
Somalia's interior minister died today after he was wounded in an explosion at his home in the capital, Mogadishu.
Uzbek police today detained 15 rights activists staging a protest outside the Kyrgyz Embassy to mark last year's violence between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan.
An estimated 100,000 people have protested in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, demanding that wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh, currently outside the country, be removed from power.
Medical officials and witnesses say forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi shelled the outskirts of the rebel-held city of Misurata today, killing at least 22 people.
Some 40 people have demonstrated in front of Tatarstan's parliament in Kazan to demand greater rights for the Russian language in the Russian republic's schools.
Some 500 people staged a protest in the south-central Russian city of Izhevsk against the rising price of gasoline.
Croatia has taken a step toward European Union membership by getting the green light from Brussels to join in mid-2013.
Two Tajik schoolboys kidnapped and taken to neighboring Afghanistan last week have been released and returned to Tajikistan without a ransom being paid.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's lawyer says his client has been sent from Moscow to a prison camp and accused authorities of holding up his request for parole.
The European Parliament has warned Ukraine to stop using criminal law as an instrument of pressure on the opposition.