Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro made his first public appearance in nine months when he appeared at the opening of an art studio in Havana.
The Prosecutor-General's Office in Moldova has launched an investigation into plans of the country's autonomous region of Gagauzia, home to a Turkic people, to hold referendum next month.
A Russian court in Yekaterinburg has imposed a 24-month work ban on a prominent journalist after finding her guilty of extortion.
Afghanistan says it will release scores of prisoners despite objections from the United States, which considers them a security threat.
The first probe against a Russian citizen fighting on the side of the Islamic insurgency in Syria has been launched in the Russian region of Chechnya.
Three police officers, including a senior police official, have been killed in a bomb attack in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.
Fighting has been continuing in Iraq's western Anbar Province, where security forces and their tribal allies are battling an offensive by Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
Two Kazakh nationals have been arrested in Kyrgyzstan for alleged involvement in recruiting Islamist fighters for the insurgency in Syria.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran's nuclear negotiations with world powers have revealed U.S. "enmity" toward the Islamic republic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rohani, spoke via phone on January 9 about Tehran's nuclear negotiations with six world powers and the upcoming Syrian peace talks.
The Pakistani judges examined a medical report submitted by the hospital and said on January 9 that former President Pervez Musharraf must appear on January 16.
The only female activist jailed on charges of organizing violent protests in Kazakhstan's southwestern town of Zhanaozen is due to be transferred to a minimum-security penal colony.