The EU's top economic official has criticized a decision by Standard & Poor's to downgrade the credit ratings of nine eurozone countries.
A second Kyrgyz citizen has died from injuries suffered in a reported gas-tank explosion at an Italian restaurant in Moscow on January 9.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says attacks such as the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran earlier this week are to be condemned.
Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga has called for activists not to block the movement of goods from Serbia into Kosovo.
The president of the Russian republic of Tatarstan has vetoed a Tatar government decree that would limit the number of free rides on public transportation for veterans, pensioners, and others who previously had unlimited trips.
A Russian-operated ship carrying a "dangerous cargo" has reportedly sailed for Syria after being temporarily halted in Cyprus.
Pakistan's president, Asif Ali Zardari, has said he's not worried about his political future amid an escalating dispute between the civilian government and the powerful military establishment.
A jailed Belarusian activist will face a review to decide if he will be sent to a stricter penitentiary for violating his "labor camp's internal order."
A former high-ranking Moldovan government official has been found guilty of racist remarks against the Romany community and ordered to apologize.
The U.S. Embassy in Thailand has warned that "foreign terrorists" could be looking into staging attacks in tourist areas of the capital, Bangkok, and told U.S. nationals in a message to be careful.
Japan's prime minister says Tokyo has yet to decide whether it will reduce oil imports from Iran in line with U.S. sanctions.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has accused the United States and Israel of orchestrating the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran this week.