A Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) delegation says Russia needs real political change, not a "survival mechanism" for the current regime.
An opposition activist in eastern Belarus is facing eviction from her home and could also be divested of her parental rights.
The Armenian opposition has pressured the government over a major electoral reform by holding a conference attended by officials from virtually all of the country's major political forces.
U.S. presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has surged in opinion polls ahead of voting in the South Carolina primary, the latest leg of the battle to be the Republican challenger to Barack Obama in 2012.
Italian Coast Guard divers have found the body of a woman on board the Italian cruise ship that ran aground and capsized a week ago, bringing the known death toll to 12.
Croatian police have clashed with a group of nationalist protesters who tried to take down an EU flag on the eve of the country's membership referendum.
Egypt's electoral commission says the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) party has won the largest number of seats in the Egyptian parliament.
Afghan officials say at least 17 people have been killed across the country over the space of 24 hours.
Italy will help Libyan authorities protect the North African country's borders and oil facilities, Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-Keib said on January 21.
Tajik Interior Minister Ramazon Rakhimov says Tajik investigators would assist Russian officials in investigating an attack against a well-known Tajik dissident in Moscow.
Syrian activists say an explosion killed at least 11 people on a minibus carrying prisoners in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on January 21.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has announced that he has personally met with a delegation of rebel militants.