UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has begun what he called a "very difficult" mission to bring peace to Syria.
The United States has welcomed the release of Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani reportedly sentenced to death on charges of apostasy.
Turkey's armed forces said Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq during a four-day cross border operation, which ended on September 9.
Iraq's fugitive Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi has rejected his guilty verdict and death sentence as "politically motivated."
A Yemeni government website says armed forces have killed Said al-Shehri, described as the second-in-command of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
A parliamentary commission has recommended that Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, consider revoking the mandate of a prominent Kremlin critic.
The Afghan Ministry of Culture and Information has brought legal proceedings against two popular entertainment television channels.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has opened a session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, saying she is "gravely concerned" by the suffering of civilians in Syria.
Deputy police chief for Konduz Province Ghulam Mohammad Farhad said the bomber walked up to a group of riot police and set off the explosives.
Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland has urged authorities in Kyiv to conduct free and fair parliamentary elections in October.
Prosecutors in Hungary have detained a former senior communist official in connection with the violent suppression of the country's 1956 anti-Soviet uprising.
The explosion occurred at the Kashmir Bazar in Parachinar, the main town in Kurram, one of the seven agencies that make up the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).