U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on January 30 that he has authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his alleged role in the April 15, 2013, bombings that killed three people and wounded 264 more.
The ruble fell as low as 48.76 against the euro on January 30 but recovered to 47.22.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed his impatience with a delay by the Afghan president in signing an agreement that permits U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond this year.
Controversy has erupted in Bosnia-Herzegovina over who will carry the country's flag at the opening of the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, on February 7.
Russian biathlete Irina Starykh has withdrawn from the Sochi Olympics after failing a doping test.
Another act of self-immolation in Azerbaijan -- the fourth in a month -- has left a 21-year-old woman in grave condition.
The leader of the unregistered Youth Front political movement in Belarus, who is regarded as a "prisoner of conscience" by Amnesty International, has been fined $135 for a parole violation.
Kyrgyzstan's acting grand mufti, Maksat Hajji Toktomushev, has issued a fatwa against same-sex relations and challenged the findings of a new report by Human Rights Watch.
Russian authorities say they have identified the suicide bombers responsible for two attacks that killed 34 people in the city of Volgograd last month.
Insurgents have attacked a government building in Baghdad as bombings also struck the Iraqi capital.
Georgian authorities have launched an investigation into a video that shows the country's former prime minister asking that "two corpses" be brought to him.
Police say preliminary investigations have determined that all three committed suicide.