A candidate in Armenia's upcoming presidential election has been wounded in a shooting in Yerevan.
Hillary Clinton, who steps down as U.S. secretary of state on February 1, said Iran and Russia continued to provide military and financial assistance to the Syrian government.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to discuss the ongoing civil war in Syria this week when he embarks on a three-country European tour.
U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary faced intense attacks on his record during his eight-hour confirmation hearing.
Syria has lodged an official complaint with the United Nations over what it says was an Israeli air strike on a military research center near Damascus.
Reports from Pakistan say two Sunni Muslim clerics have been shot dead in the port city of Karachi.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has made an unannounced visit to Libya, where he pledged to help the country's police and army.
A woman has set herself on fire in front of the Kyrgyz parliament in Bishkek, demanding justice for her son.
Defense Ministry spokeswoman Saule Smagulova said on January 31 that National Security Committee officers detained Major General Almaz Asenov.
The Tajik Migration Service chief, Safiallo Devonaev, says 74,000 Tajik citizens under 18 years of age are working in Russia as migrant laborers.
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has expressed concern over a recent wave of arrests of journalists in Iran.
In its annual report, the U.S.-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) evaluates the human-rights situation in more than 90 countries and warns of the challenges to democracy many of them face.