Serbia's Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic said on August 2 his country will seek to negotiate new credit from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) instead of trying to revive an arrangement suspended last year.
Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Border (RSF) has criticized Tajikistan for blocking access to news websites.
Kofi Annan has resigned as the UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria.
Activists have placed several teddy bears in Minsk's city center with placards demanding the release of two activists arrested over a teddy-bear air drop last month.
The former mayor of Kazakhstan’s restive western town of Zhanaozen, Oraq Sarbopeev, was rearrested on August 2 after a regional court of appeal overruled a city court's decision to acquit him.
Pakistan has received $1.18 billion from the United States for counterinsurgency operations.
Spanish authorities say three suspected Al-Qaeda members arrested in Spain appeared to have been planning an attack on Spanish territory or in another European country.
A court in Azerbaijan has reduced the jail sentence against the local correspondent of an Iranian television channel.
The Afghan intelligence service claims to have arrested senior government officials who spied for neighboring countries.
The Russian Justice Ministry on Thursday registered the opposition People's Freedom Party (Parnas).
Prosecutors in Russia's republic of Bashkortostan have charged the owners of a Tatar Internet news portal with alleged extremism and shut down its webpage.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the three members of the Pussy Riot female punk group, who are on trial in Moscow for an anti-Putin performance, should not be punished "too strictly."