Rescue teams in northwestern Iran are striving to dig survivors out of the rubble of two strong earthquakes and several aftershocks that have killed 227 people and injured more than 1,300 others.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeated promises to equip the country's air force with new combat aircraft.
A Swedish organization that dropped hundreds of teddy bears carrying democratic slogans over Belarus last month says that three of its members have been summoned to appear before Belarus's KGB secret service.
One person has been killed and three others injured at a checkpoint in a volatile region of Tajikistan after soldiers opened fire at a vehicle.
An Afghan civilian employed at a NATO base in southern Afghanistan has killed three U.S. soldiers, the latest in a spate of rogue attacks in the country that have left seven U.S. troops dead this week.
A court in Georgia has fined the opposition politician and former soccer star Kakha Kaladze $10.3 million.
U.S. President Barack Obama has celebrated women athletes from Muslim nations who are making their debut in the Olympics.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Istanbul for talks on the Syrian conflict, where she's expected to meet with Turkish leaders and Syrian activists.
On August 10, Day 14 of the London Olympics, Russia's synchronized swimmers won gold to maintain their domination of the sport at the Games.
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.