At least four members of a Muslim "catacomb" sect in Tatarstan have been charged with child abuse after allegedly keeping dozens of children underground for nearly a decade.
Iraqi officials said a car bomb that exploded in a Shi'ite city south of Baghdad has killed at least 11 people.
Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi has fired the country's intelligence chief, Murad Muwafi, and the governor of Northern Sinai.
Ukraine's Central Election Commission has registered the party ticket of the united opposition Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party without its leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, and ex-Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko.
The Almaty-based independent media-rights organization Adil Soz has announced that Kazakh journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov has won the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed into law a bill that elevates the status of the Russian language in the former Soviet republic.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) representative on media freedom, Dunja Mijatovic, has asked the Belarusian authorities to drop charges against a blogger.
Top Afghan peace negotiator Salahuddin Rabbani has cancelled a visit to Pakistan.
Top current and former Russian military commanders have accused ex-President Dmitry Medvedev of hesitation in ordering military operations in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia in 2008, causing unnecessary casualties.
Kyrgyzstan's Prosecutor-General's Office says that authorities in neighboring Kazakhstan have officially requested the extradition of a Kazakh human rights activist.
Russian First Deputy Defense Minister Aleksandr Sukhorukov has said one of the country's new submarines will test launch one of Russia's newest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
The verdict of three members of the Pussy Riot female Russian punk group will be handed down on August 17.