The U.S. State Department has said that Azerbaijan's presidential election fell short of international standards.
Germany has urged Ukraine to release jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, or risk impeding the signing of a key agreement with the European Union.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed two commissions to supervise arrangements for a meeting of Afghan tribal leaders that will advise the government on whether to sign a security deal with the United States.
The European Parliament has passed a resolution, condemning violence and persecution against Christians in Syria, Pakistan, and Iran.
Pakistan has put former President Pervez Musharraf under house arrest a day after a court granted him bail.
A media watchdog says the U.S. government's aggressive prosecution of leaks is having an adverse effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers.
The Iraqi government says 42 prisoners have been executed over the past few days.
Two separate bomb blasts in busy markets in Pakistan have killed at least six people.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele and several Bosnian leaders have failed to resolve the political deadlock in the country, with Sarajevo now facing a loss of EU funding.
A court in Kazakhstan's western city of Atyrau has sentenced nine local men to prison terms of between six and 23 years for their involvement in terrorist activities.
The captain of Greenpeace International's "Arctic Sunrise" ice-breaker, impounded by Russian authorities, has been fined 20,000 rubles ($618).
Canadian author Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature.