Afghan security officials are assuring the public that nearly all the country's polling stations will be safe during April's presidential and provincial elections.
Iran has invited EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has been closely involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, to visit the Islamic republic.
A local council leader says pro-government tribal forces are preparing to enter Fallujah, where an unknown number of Al-Qaeda-linked militants remain.
Officials say five Kyrgyz border guards, one Kyrgyz policeman, and two Tajik border guards have been hospitalized with injuries after tensions escalated into exchanges of gunfire along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.
Israeli officials and his family said Ariel Sharon passed away on January 11, after spending the past eight years in a coma following a massive stroke.
The United States has again expressed concern over plans by Kabul to release prisoners who Washington considers a security risk.
The U.S. State Department has warned Americans of the potential for terrorism at the Sochi Olympics, but said it was not aware of any specific threat to U.S. citizens.
Riot police and protesters have clashed in Kyiv, leaving dozens wounded, including Yuriy Lutsenko, a former interior minister.
Progress has been reported in talks on implementing a landmark deal aimed at easing concerns over Iran's nuclear program.
Iranian state television says talks on Iran's controversial nuclear program between representatives of Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council nations and Germany have ended with "solutions for all the points of disagreements."
Officials in Russia's Olympic city of Sochi have designated a venue where people can protest or rally about issues unrelated to the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Sochi next month.
The lawyer for the leader of Armenia's nationalist Tsegakron party says her client has ended his 17-day hunger strike while in pretrial detention.