The United States has added the Iran-backed militant group Hizballah to its list of organizations sanctioned for ties to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot has been nominated for one of Russia's most prestigious awards in arts, the Kandinsky Prize.
EU officials have met in Brussels to discuss Belarus, hinting at the end of their meeting that more sanctions could be imposed on Minsk soon.
Six Afghan civilians have been killed and another injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
Prosecutors have asked Tajikistan's Supreme Court to sentence a former senior official at the Presidential Drugs Control Agency to 22 years in jail for his alleged involvement in drugs smuggling.
Reports say the Egyptian armed forces arrested six "terrorists" in the Sinai region, where 16 border guards were killed in an attack earlier this week.
Senior officials traveling with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her Africa tour said the fresh sanctions aimed at speeding Assad's ouster were imminent.
Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed four anti-Al-Qaeda fighters during an attack on a checkpoint north of Baghdad.
Prosecutors have asked for a prison sentence of 2 1/2 years for jailed former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko at his trial in Kyiv.
The deputy mayor of the city of Khasavyurt in Russia's restive North Caucasus republic of Daghestan was sacked from his post after his son was arrested along with several armed militants earlier this week.
Afghan Taekwondo hero Rohullah Nekpa has won bronze in the men's under-68-kilogram category.
Three U.S. soldiers were killed by a man wearing an Afghan uniform in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province.