The United States has temporarily waived a ban on providing military assistance to Uzbekistan because of the country's crucial role in transiting supplies to forces in Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials.
The U.S. Treasury Department has slapped sanctions on three Moldova-based men that Washington says work as drug traffickers on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Eleven Iranian pilgrims were reportedly kidnapped on February 1 in Syria, the latest such reported incident in the unrest-swept Arab state.
More than 20 years after the collapse of the country's communist regime, Bulgaria has observed for the first time a day of remembrance for the victims of that regime.
Reports from Libya say a gun battle between rival militia groups erupted in central Tripoli on February 1.
The European Union's new special representative to Kosovo says integrating ethnic Serbs in the territory's north will be the biggest challenge as he seeks to bring Kosovo closer to the EU.
Iraq executed 17 convicted criminals in one day this week, the Justice Ministry said, bringing to at least 51 the number of executions so far this year.
Authorities in Pakistan said that a package containing white anthrax powder was sent to the office of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.
Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin says the wave of public protests that has hit Russia in recent months is a sign that "people care."
In Britain, four men described as Islamists have admitted in court to planning to detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is quoted as saying corruption is "as dangerous a threat" to his country's national stability as terrorism.
The prominent Kazakh human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis has been granted an amnesty after serving more than half of a four-year jail sentence for manslaughter.