The Pentagon has named a special envoy for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Turkey has lifted a decades-old ban on Islamic head scarves in state institutions as part of a wide-ranging reform package.
Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain and Iran have begun a process that could lead to the reopening of their embassies after diplomatic relations broke down in 2011.
Tensions are mounting in a southern Pakistani town after Islamic fundamentalists dug up the grave of a Hindu man.
Lithuania's Commission for Radio and Television has demanded an apology from Russia's First Baltic Channel (PBK) for broadcasting what it says was inaccurate information about the events in Vilnius in January 1991.
Libya's government has summoned U.S. Ambassador Deborah Jones to seek clarification over the capture by U.S. forces of alleged Al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi in the capital.
Serbia's government has announced austerity measures, including a plan to cut some public-sector salaries by up to one-quarter, in a bid to reduce public debt and avoid bankruptcy.
Russia's consumer-protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, has refused access to the Russian market to 28 new alcoholic beverages produced by seven Georgian companies.
A court in Moscow has found Mikhail Kosenko guilty of assaulting a police officer and participating in the mass antigovernment unrest on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square in May 2012.
A Kazakh lawyer who is undergoing forced medical treatment in a psychiatric clinic says she has been told to undergo a new "psychiatric assessment" before any decision is made on her release.
A Presbyterian pastor in Kazakhstan has been rearrested, minutes after his transfer to house arrest.
A deputy chairman of Belarus's leading oil-refining concern has been arrested for alleged bribe-taking.