The United States and other countries have recognized Libya's rebels as the country's legitimate government in a major blow to the embattled regime of Muammar Qaddafi.
Reports say the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into allegations that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation tried to hack into the phone records of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Kyrgyzstan analysts say some parliament deputies have business interests that are prohibited by the constitution.
Three Azerbaijani army officers have posted a video online addressed to President Ilham Aliyev complaining about the financial demands put on them by their commanding officer
Uzbek municipal authorities have prohibited the sale of watermelons and other melons in bazaars located in the capital.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has blamed "irresponsibility and greed" for a riverboat accident that has killed at least 113 people.
Reports from Turkey say 13 soldiers died and seven were wounded in clashes with Kurdish rebels in the country's southeast on July 14. The military said seven militants were also killed in the fighting.
The assembly vote, by acclamation, followed the African country's achievement of independence on July 9, breaking away from Sudan.
Authorities say that a top commander of the OMON paramilitary police has been assassinated in Russia's Caucasus republic of Daghestan, while another policeman was killed in a clash with suspected militants in neighboring Chechnya.
Iranian actress and blogger Pegah Ahangarani, who had planned to cover the 2011 Woman's World Cup for Deutsche Welle, is missing amid concerns she may have been arrested in Tehran.
Tajikistan has released a correspondent for the BBC who was taken into custody one month ago on suspicion of belonging to a banned Islamic group.
Two dismissed Kazakh police officers have appealed to pop icon Sting to help them get their jobs back after the British rocker snubbed one of Central Asia's prickliest dictators.