Relatives of the prisoners killed during an attempted prison break in east-central Kazakhstan early this week say their bodies have not been returned to the families.
The second journalist protesting media censorship in Uzbekistan has ended her hunger strike due to poor health.
An RFE correspondent in Turkmenistan was threatened with charges of slander after posting reports about deadly explosions at a weapons depot near the country's capital earlier this month.
Europe's banking regulator says eight of 90 banks failed stress tests that project how they would fare in another recession.
An Iraqi official says that Iraq will execute two of former leader Saddam Hussein's half-brothers within a month, along with three other former regime figures.
The fugitive former chairman of Kazakhstan's BTA Bank has warned Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev of the threat of radical Islamic groups and called for his resignation.
A judge has barred Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and her defense team from attending her trial over what the judge said was her "disrespectful" attitude toward the court.
Authorities in Georgia say they have fired or disciplined several police officers accused of using excessive force at an opposition protest in May that ended in the death of at least two people.
The Kyrgyz Central Election Commission (BSK) says that five candidates have officially registered so far for the upcoming presidential election.
Syrian security forces have killed at least 12 people as hundreds of thousands took to the streets across the country on July 15 in what activists say were the biggest protests so far against President Bashar al-Assad.
Two years after the murder of activist Natalya Estemirova in Chechnya, rights activists are casting doubts on Russian investigators' claims that Islamic militants were responsible for her killing.
The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan has described a corruption-ridden Afghan bank as being like a "giant looting scheme" at the time of its near collapse and said those responsible for fleecing depositors should be brought to justice.