The World Bank says Emerging Europe and Central Asia have seen some setbacks during the global financial and Europe crises, but both regions are showing signs of rebounding.
At least two Pakistani security personnel have been killed in a suicide explosion in a restive northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
Uzbek authorities have reportedly accepted responsibility for a Tajik train's derailing on its territory.
Former U.S. intelligence worker Edward Snowden has met with his father at an undisclosed location in the Moscow area.
Moldova's parliament has annulled a law that imposes penalties for propagating homosexuality.
Afghan officials say the United States has seized a senior Pakistani Taliban commander from the custody of Afghan intelligence agents who were trying to recruit him for peace talks.
Baku has dismissed the Western criticism of Azerbaijan's recent presidential election, in which President Ilham Aliyev was reelected to a third term in office with a landslide victory.
The United Nations' human rights office says the execution of 42 people by Iraq during the past two days was an "inhuman" and likely illegal use of the death penalty.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on October 11 in an attempt to advance negotiations with President Hamid Karzai on a bilateral security pact.
Belarus has changed the charges against Vladislav Baumgertner, the chief executive of the Russian potash giant Uralkali, from abuse of office to embezzlement.
A Pakistani court has ordered former President Pervez Musharraf to be detained for a further 14 days.
The European Union has warned Ukraine it will have to free former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko if it wants to be sure of signing key deals with the bloc.