The transfer of power to Afghan security forces reaches another milestone on July 20 as NATO forces hand over the capital of Helmand Province to the Afghan government.
Prior to the protest, employees from the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy and local residents attached balloons to trees in front of the institute and put placards on the walls reading: "Yes to the law, no to corruption!"
Serbian President Boris Tadic has confirmed that Goran Hadzic -- the last Serb suspect still wanted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague -- was arrested early on July 20.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has told Parliament that his aides did not attempt to stop an inquiry into phone hacking at the "News of the World" tabloid.
Militants have stormed a police station in Afghanistan's volatile southern Kandahar city, killing the commander of the station and sparking an ongoing gun battle.
Local authorities in part of the southern Tajik Khatlon Province have issued a ban on any family having more than one dog.
The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has said it is ready to hold more talks with representatives of Armenia's political leadership in the current format.
A woman from the southern Kyrgyz region of Osh has been arrested for allegedly fraudulently claiming her sister died in last summer's ethnic clashes in order to receive compensation.
Taliban spokesmen have denied reports the movement's supreme leader Mullah Omar has died.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the Ferghana Valley region of Central Asia has been hit by a magnitude-6.2 earthquake.
One unidentified confidential witness told investigators that Pakistan's powerful military spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI), was behind some of the money that a suspect received, according to an FBI affidavit.
Dozens of environmental activists have protested in St. Petersburg to demand a revision of plans to construct a highway through a local forest.