The U.S.-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) says fears that pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world might spread to Central Asia fueled a crackdown on dissent in that region last year.
The U.S. has slapped sanctions on Iran's third-largest bank and an affiliate for allegedly providing financial services to other entities already sanctioned in connection with the country's nuclear program.
U.S. authorities say an Uzbek refugee has been arrested on suspicion that he was about to travel abroad to join a militant Islamist group.
A U.S Marine squad leader has pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty in connection with a 2005 incident in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of 24 Iraqis.
The move allows Brussels to freeze assets and impose visa bans on individuals who are responsible for serious human rights violations.
Diehard supporters of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi are fighting for control of the regime's former stronghold of Bani Walid.
The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to accelerate talks aimed at settling the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Tajikistan has arrested several high-ranking antidrug officials for their alleged involvement in narcotics trafficking.
The UN's nuclear agency has confirmed a mission will visit Iran at the end of the month to discuss Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports that State Penitentiary Service officials announced that the "forced feeding" means a transfusion of glucose solution via an intravenous system to protesting inmates whose health is in immediate danger.
The bodies of two women have been found by rescuers searching the "Costa Concordia" cruise liner, which ran aground off the Italian coast on January 13. That brings the confirmed death toll from the accident to 15.
The European Union has decided to ease sanctions on Myanmar's leaders after the government moved toward political reform.