The secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights has been quoted as saying that homosexuality is a disease.
Syria has held funerals for 26 victims of a Damascus suicide bombing that the government says was a terrorist attack but opponents accuse the administration of staging.
The exercises come after Iran’s naval exercises in the Persian Gulf increased tensions with the United States amid threats and counterthreats over security in the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil-shipping route.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has used a televised Christmas appearance to urge Russia's government to "correct the course" in the wake of street protests alleging widespread fraud in recent national elections.
Iran breaks its official silence over the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen from the hands of pirates, calling the January 5 operation a "welcome and humanitarian act."
Millions of Orthodox Christians around the globe are celebrating Christmas.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bombing in Damascus which Syrian officials say killed 26 people and wounded 63.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an easing of tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Residents of a Turkmen city devastated last year when an ammunition depot blew up have expressed frustration over the lack of reconstruction there.
A journalist whose independent paper was shuttered after his conviction for revealing state secrets in an article hinting at wrongdoing in Kazakhstan's national security apparatus is free after three years in jail.
A Pakistani regional assembly has passed a law making it illegal for parents not to extend property rights to female family members.
Azerbaijani social-media activists have launched a Facebook campaign called the Great Movement of the People in an attempt to strengthen public supervision of government actions it considers illegal.