YEREVAN -- President Serzh Sarkisian has assured Armenians that he does not regard the forthcoming parliamentary elections primarily as a means of clinging to power, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
Prison officials say Ukraine's jailed opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, is being held in a prison cell under 24-hour camera surveillance with the lights permanently on.
A senior Tajik railways official says Dushanbe has retaliated against the huge tariff increases imposed by Uzbekistan on rail freight bound for Tajikistan.
Josef Skvorecky, the Czech émigré writer and publisher, has passed away.
A Belarusian state television channel has suspended broadcasts of the Euronews channel, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.
Pakistani and Tajik officials are discussing the possibility of sending electricity from Tajikistan to Pakistan -- both countries that suffer chronic power shortages.
The United States' top diplomat for Asia has arrived in China on a tour that will also take him to South Korea and Japan to discuss developments in North Korea after the death of Kim Jong Il.
Two former Libyan rebel factions have clashed in central Tripoli, reportedly leaving five fighters dead.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to take "new measures" against Israel if a much anticipated meeting in Jordan fails to bring a resumption of peace talks.
Tens of thousands of people are protesting in Budapest over Hungary's controversial new constitution. Critics say it aims to turn Hungary into a one-party state by putting the judiciary, central bank, and media under greater government control.
The daughter of influential former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been sentenced to jail and banned from political activities for "antistate propaganda" during protests against the 2009 disputed presidential election.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said in a television interview that he is convinced Iran is developing nuclear weapons and called for the European Union to impose tougher sanctions on Tehran.