A court in Baku has ordered that two members of the Nida citizens' movement be held for up to three months in pretrial detention.
At least three people have been killed in attacks against Iraq's security forces in Baghdad.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks with Qatari leaders in Doha on March 31 to discuss possible peace talks with the Taliban.
In his first Easter address Pope Francis has called for world peace.
A bomb attack on a political rally near the northwestern Pakistani city of Bannu has killed two and injured six more.
Chinese rescue workers continue sifting through a landslide that roared down a mountain in Tibet burying scores of miners, although the chances of finding survivors are diminishing.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said on March 30 that Russian politics has "increasingly turned into imitation."
The White House has said it is taking North Korea's latests statements about a "state of war" between the two Koreas "seriously," despite Pyongyang's history of "bellicose rhetoric."
Officials say that a NATO helicopter strike has killed two Afghan children and nine suspected Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's southeastern Ghazni Province.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has ordered officials in the Donetsk region to provide whatever aid victims of a fire at a thermal power station in eastern Ukraine require.
The office of South African President Joseph Zuma has released a statement saying former leader Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment in a hospital.
The surprise military exercises in the Black Sea Russian President Vladimir Putin called for are reaching their conclusion.