U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for sanctions targeting Syria's oil and gas exports.
Two people were killed and some 14 others wounded on September 1 when a suicide bomber blew up his car in northwestern Pakistan.
Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, apparently seeking contacts with the EU, has pledged to Bulgaria to release all political prisoners within a month and a half.
Kyrgyz presidential candidates must pay a 100,000 som ($2,200) registration fee before taking a mandatory Kyrgyz-language test that all candidates must pass.
Dozens of Uzbek exiles picketed the Uzbek Consulate in Istanbul on September 1 to demand democratic changes.
Schools and kindergartens in the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk were evacuated on September 1 following a chemical leak from a freight car.
Libya's former leader Muammar Qaddafi says he will continue to fight his enemies, as diplomats are meeting in France for an international conference on the country's future.
Four police officers in southern Kyrgyzstan have been charged in connection with the death of a Russian citizen who was allegedly severely beaten while in police custody.
The widow of slain Ukrainian journalist Heorhiy Gongadze has called for the trial of the main suspect in her husband's murder to be opened to the public.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev has called for tighter control over religious groups, saying it was necessary to protect the state from extremism.
Eurovision is a song contest and not a political program, but the organization will stand up for freedom of speech in the countries that host it, including Belarus and Azerbaijan, its executive supervisor told RFE.
For the first time since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, a month passed without a single U.S. military fatality in the country.