Talks between six major powers and Iran over the country's nuclear program face further delay.
A group of independent United Nations experts has urged the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of five Ahwazi Arab activists.
President Barack Obama has appointed his longtime foreign policy aide Denis McDonough to be his next White House chief of staff.
India has expressed disappointment with the 35-year sentence given to an American national for his role in the 2008 terrorist attack in the country's financial capital, Mumbai.
The United States is withdrawing from a panel set up to promote civil society under a U.S.-Russia presidential commission.
Russia's State Duma has voted in favor of strict new legislation in its second reading that is designed to protect public health from the dangers of tobacco.
Protestors and police have clashed across Egypt on the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled long-time leader Hosni Mubarak and there have been reports of fatalities.
Uzbek trucks carrying food and gasoline have crossed the Kyrgyz border and reached Uzbekistan's Sokh and Shokhimardon districts.
At least three Sunni Muslim protesters in the central Iraqi town of Fallujah have reportedly been killed during clashes with soldiers.
Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has killed five civilians and wounded at least 15 people in the eastern province of Kapisa.
Ukraine has signed a shale-gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell worth at least $10 billion -- potentially the largest foreign investment ever in the country.
Former Ukrainian Economy Minister Volodymr Lanovyi says the Ukrainian government faces a real danger that it could default on its foreign loans in 2013.