A top U.S. Senator wrote President Barack Obama on June 13 urging additional sanctions against Russia following reports of Russian tanks crossing into Ukraine.
The U.S. State Department said the United States is not in talks with Iran about the current insurgency in Iraq.
Europe's basketball federation says next year's basketball championship will not take place in Ukraine because of the continued instability in the country.
A UN official says armed Sunni Islamist militants have reportedly kidnapped sixteen Georgian nationals in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh.
Afghanistan's outgoing President Hamid Karzai has ordered government and security officials not to interfere in the country's June 14 presidential runoff.
Two men have been sentenced to five days in jail in Tajikistan's southern city of Kulob in a case related to an attack against the chairman of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (HNIT), Muhiddin Kabiri.
Kazakhstan says it plans to drop visa requirements for visitors from 10 countries for a one-year test period.
Rescuers have found the bodies of seven miners following a gas explosion in a coal mine in eastern Ukraine.
Some 50 Muslims in a detention center in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria have reportedly started a hunger strike to protest conditions.
Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric has issued a call to take up arms after Sunni-led militants overran swathes of the country.
Crude oil prices have risen to 10-month highs amid concerns that developments in Iraq may affect global oil supplies.
The U.S. soldier held for five years as a Taliban prisoner before being released is due to return to the United States.