Kyiv's Mayor-elect Vitali Klitschko has told demonstrators gathered on the city's Independence Square that he will not use force to disperse their protest camp when he takes office.
Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, says she admires Vladimir Putin as much as German Chancellor Angela Merkel because the Russian president did not allow other countries to impose decisions on him.
Reports from Russia say thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in Siberia because of devastating flood waters there.
The de-facto president of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia says he is resigning following days of political upheaval.
Iran has hanged a man accused of links to an exiled opposition group, despite international pressure on the Islamic Republic to halt the execution.
In Russia, a ban against smoking cigarettes in bars and restaurants has officially come into force -- making it illegal for some 44 million smokers across the country to light up inside such businesses.
Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said 16 people were missing and two survived with injuries after an Mi-8 helicopter crashed into a lake in Russia's northwestern Murmansk region.
The Afghan government says the five high-ranking Taliban officials released by the United States to Qatar in exchange for U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl should have been freed "with no conditions."
U.S. President Barack Obama has announced Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan, has been freed as part of an exchange with the Taliban.
Police in Moscow have taken two women into custody as a small group of gay-rights activists attempted to conduct a rally dedicated to Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian transvestite who won this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
Afghan authorities say 23 militants were killed in latest security operations across the country.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has again denied sending Chechen fighters to support pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine but said some could have gone "voluntarily."