Iraqi officials say bombings and shelling in and around Baghdad on January 25 killed at least 12 people.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will not sign a security pact with the United States unless Washington launches a genuine peace process with Taliban insurgents.
An international envoy has reported some progress at the peace talks in Geneva between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition.
A bomb has exploded near a police academy in Cairo.
A rally in support of Ukrainian antigovernment protesters was held on January 24 in Armenia's capital, Yerevan.
Ukrainian opposition leaders have vowed to continue their struggle hours after President Viktor Yanukovych offered them two senior posts to defuse a widening crisis.
U.S. officials have discussed with their Russian counterparts security at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has hit at criticism that the United States was retreating from the Middle East and the rest of the world.
Platon Lebedev is back in Moscow after his release from prison.
Russia and Georgia have agreed to play each other if they are drawn together in the qualifying competition for the European Cup 2016 soccer championship.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is tasked with verifying that Tehran is adhering to the terms of a six-month accord on its nuclear program.
Croatia has extradited the former head of its secret service, Josip Perkovic, to Germany, where he is wanted in connection with the murder of a Yugoslav dissident during the 1980s.