Turkey has begun a new purge of police and the judicial officials as the parliament debates controversial government moves to tighten its control of the judiciary.
The wife of Robert Levinson, an American who disappeared some seven years ago during a trip to Iran's Kish Island, has confirmed that he was working at the time for the CIA, the U.S. intelligence agency.
Officials in Russia say two coal miners were killed after a blast at a Siberian coal mine.
A Presbyterian pastor in Kazakhstan has gone on trial in Astana on extremism charges.
Damascus has rejected demands that President Bashar al-Assad leave power to clear the way for a transitional government.
United Nations human rights experts are calling on Iran to halt what they call an "abrupt surge" in hangings in the country since the start of 2014.
A Moscow prosecutor has demanded prison terms of between five and six years for eight demonstrators charged with mass disorder at a protest held in May 2012 on the Russian capital's Bolotnaya Square.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has again called on residents of Anbar Province to take action to expel Al-Qaeda-linked militants from Fallujah.
An Azeri LGBT activist has apparently committed suicide.
A prominent Ukrainian journalist and RFE/RL contributor has left the country, fearing for his safety.
Kazakh police have detained another activist for protesting the launches of Russian Proton space rockets from Kazakh soil.
Recently freed members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot will visit New York next month to address a human rights concert.