The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has denied it has recognized the independence of the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia, contradicting a statement made by an Abkhaz official earlier this week.
A jailed Iranian journalist was briefly hospitalized after being severely beaten by a prison guard on June 2.
A Kyrgyz national added to a U.S. list of global drug kingpins is a reputed crime boss who is believed to have fled the Central Asian country.
Another Kyrgyz politician faulted over last year's deadly ethnic clashes in the south of the country has apologized for being unable to prevent the violence.
More than 40 people have been reported killed in the Syrian city of Hama after government forces opened fire on anti-government protesters.
The explosive device went off after Friday prayers at a Sunni mosque in the city of Tikrit, 130 kilometers north of Baghdad.
There have been conflicting reports over whether Yemen's embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has left the country for medical treatment.
Several prominent Iranian expats have joined in a hunger strike with the mothers of Americans Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who have been imprisoned in Iran for nearly two years.
Sweeping structural changes in Armenia's education system over the past decade will leave the country's state-run universities and colleges with barren classrooms in the fall.
Armenian Economy Minister Tigran Davtian says the government stands by its earlier projections that the pace of economic growth in the country will nearly double this year compared to 2010.
The hackers, who call themselves LulzSec, said they pulled off what they described as an elementary attack to highlight Sony's "disgraceful" security.
A fire at a military base in the Russian republic of Udmurtia is causing a series of strong explosions, forcing authorities to evacuate thousands of people.