Thousands of Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria and Romania are commemorating the Epiphany holiday by plunging into icy rivers and lakes according to a traditional Orthodox custom.
At least three people have been killed in southern Afghanistan after two suicide bombers stormed a government compound during a meeting of tribal elders.
Authorities in Pakistan say a U.S. drone attack in the tribal region of South Waziristan has killed at least 12 suspected militants.
Russia's Siberian republic of Yakutia has declared a state of emergency due to attacks on livestock by wolves.
A plane from Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry has left Moscow bound for Tuva, near Mongolia, where a breakdown at a thermal power plant has left more than 3,000 people without power in temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius.
The repressive Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has passed a new law guaranteeing freedom of the media.
Pakistan's military says one of its soldiers was killed when Indian troops raided a military post along the de facto border in Kashmir.
The French film actor Gerard Depardieu, the new recipient of Russian citizenship, is reportedly considering a move to the republic of Mordovia.
In a rare public appearance, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has outlined a new peace initiative but blasted his opponents as murderers and puppets.
Russian media say French actor Gerard Depardieu has flown to Russia, where he may meet with President Vladimir Putin and receive a Russian passport.
The office of Iraq's ailing president says he is responding well to treatment in Germany after suffering a stroke.
Reports from northwestern Pakistan say unknown gunmen have shot dead two charity workers involved in an education project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.