Heavy fighting has continued in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar Province between Islamic State (IS) militants and Iraqi government forces that are supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes.
The Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, Nils Muiznieks, says his "biggest concern" in Ukraine is the plight of Crimean Tatars who have remained in Crimea since it was annexed by Russia in March.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has reiterated Tbilisi's desire to join NATO and the European Union.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has ordered fresh investigations into a $850-million fraud case that nearly brought about the collapse of the country's largest commercial bank in 2010.
President Vladimir Putin says Russia is not planning to limit access to the Internet or put it under "total control," but will need to ensure the stability and security of its Russian segment.
A female teacher has been killed and two girls injured in an attack on a school in volatile northwestern Pakistan.
Russia's child-protection ombudsman says a gay American couple established guardianship over a Russian high school student who was in the United States on an exchange program.
The Russian authories are making the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha an official day off in Crimea for the first time.
Central Asian governments are trying to prevent young men from evading mandatory military service during autumn conscription campaigns that began on October 1.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans for a Eurasian Economic Union are coming closer to reality.
Young men from Chechnya are being drafted into Russia's armed forces for the first time in 20 years.
Young men from Chechnya are being drafted into Russia's armed forces for the first time in 20 years, beginning within months.