Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the 872-day siege of Leningrad during World War II.
A young opposition activist and blogger in Azerbaijan has been given three-months' pretrial detention on drugs charges.
Afghan authorities say they have decided to release 37 prisoners blamed by the U.S. military for deadly attacks on foreign and government troops.
An elderly Uzbek activist known for his open criticism of President Islam Karimov has been released after serving 8 1/2 years in prison.
The mayor of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, has said he believes there are no gay people in the city.
The Moscow City Court is resuming hearings into the murder of Russian investigative reporter and human rights campaigner Anna Politkovskaya.
Six Egyptian diplomats and embassy staff members kidnapped in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, have been released.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed in talks with opposition leaders in Kyiv to scrap controversial antiprotest laws.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the United States continues to support Iraq in its fight against Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
Iraqi government forces are reported to have carried out strikes in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, as the fight against Al-Qaeda linked militants continues in Anbar Province.
Police in northwestern Pakistan say six children have died after they reportedly played with an explosive device that blew up.
Thousands of people have packed into a Kyiv cathedral for the funeral of a Belarusian man who was shot dead during clashes between protesters and police in Kyiv last week.