Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has sworn in a caretaker cabinet to run the administration until elections in early May.
Slovenia's parliament has ratified Croatia's European Union accession treaty, removing one of the last hurdles to Croatia becoming the next EU member.
The UN General Assembly has voted to approve a first-ever treaty regulating the international arms trade.
The eldest daughter of Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has attacked the country's deputy prime minister and finance minister on Twitter again.
Russian gas giant Gazprom is reporting a nearly 34 percent jump in natural-gas exports for March.
At least 20 residents of the town of Shark in Kyrgyzstan's southern Osh region have protested the arrest of a local journalist.
An activist with the opposition Azerbaijani Popular Front Party (AXCP) has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for taking part in an unapproved antigovernment protest in Baku.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a German newspaper that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar can run for president in the election scheduled for next year.
Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court had to postpone hearings into a high-profile case after lawyers for an acquitted man were assaulted in the courtroom.
Gunmen have launched a deadly attack on a camp near a gas field run by a South Korean firm in western Iraq.
Al-Qaeda's former Baghdad chief, Munaf Abdul Rahim al-Rawi, and three other men convicted of terror-related offenses have been executed.