Kosovo has rejected a request by Serbia's prime minister to visit a Serb-majority town in Kosovo, arguing that it would "interfere" with local polls next month.
White House sources say U.S. President Barack Obama is to meet top congressional leaders October 2 to urge them to reopen the government and to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.
Rights watchdog Amnesty International said Turkish authorities committed human rights abuses "on a massive scale" while trying to quell antigovernment demonstrations this summer.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says world powers are "on the right track" with a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof is reportedly being prevented from leaving Iran.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has accused Romania of planning to annex Moldova by supporting Chisinau's efforts toward European integration.
Four Afghan Army soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Nawa district of southern Helmand Province.
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has urged the Council of Europe to initiate direct contacts with authorities in Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region to help settle the protracted conflict.
A satirical video clip produced by a well-known pro-democracy blogger and photographer in Azerbaijan has apparently irritated the authorities.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has compared the United States with Nazi Germany and slammed Washington's position on Syria.
Russia's Education Ministry says it will create a federal database of potential adoptive parents for thousands of children living in Russian orphanages.
A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai says disagreements are threatening a planned deal to let U.S. forces stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to fight Al-Qaeda.