President Vladimir Putin says that gay and lesbian athletes and guests at next year's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi will feel at ease despite Russia's new ban on homosexual "propaganda."
UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has arrived in Damascus to seek support for a peace conference aimed at ending the 2 1/2-year civil war in Syria.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry said on October 28 that it sought explanations after the Spanish newspaper "El Mundo" reported the NSA had intercepted some 60 million telephone calls in Spain in just one month.
Georgian electoral officials say preliminary results from the country's presidential election show an ally of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is the clear winner in a vote that Western observers praised as "transparent."
A Georgian court has sentenced a former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia to nearly four years in prison, raising a specter that EU officials have warned could be the "substance [or] even the appearance of politically motivated justice."
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said he had “very useful” discussions with the head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency.
Belarus's Investigative Committee said the house arrest of the general director of Russian potash producer Uralkali, Russian national Vladislav Baumgertner, has been extended until the end of December.
Tadeusz Mazowiecki was one of the leaders of Poland's Solidarnosc (Solidarity) movement, then became prime minister in 1989 and was a key figure in the country's transition from Communist rule to democracy.
Chinese state-run media say five people died when a vehicle smashed into pedestrians and caught fire at Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
Afghan officials say a civilian was killed and several soldiers were injured when a bomb struck a military bus in Kabul.
Legendary American musician Lou Reed, considered one of the most influential singer-songwriters in rock music, has died at the age of 71 in New York.
Iran's parliament has approved two ministerial nominees proposed by President Hassan Rohani but rejected a third.