Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad has asked the United States to conduct air strikes against the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) that have seized key cities in Iraq.
Kazakhstan has limited the sale of strong alcohol beverages.
Kyrgyzstan's Kylym Shamy (Torch of the Century) human rights center has urged law-enforcement authorities to pay attention to the recurring issue of attacks against lawyers in the country's courtrooms.
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian is expected to start a two-day official visit to Georgia on June 18.
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has demanded a halt to vote-counting in the country because of allegations of fraud and called for the UN to oversee the process.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has held talks in Baku with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has announced plans for a unilateral cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists.
Four graffiti artists in Belarus have been detained and fined for attempting to paint a large portrait of the late writer Vasil Bykau on the side of a building in Minsk.
Freedom House has urged Tajik authorities "to shed light" on the whereabouts of a Tajik researcher from Canada who has not been seen since his arrest on June 17.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says government forces are "regaining the initiative and striking back" after militants from an Al-Qaeda splinter group seized large swaths of territory in the north of the country.
Serbs in Kosovo’s ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica have dismantled a barricade that had been blocking the main bridge for three years.
President Hamid Karzai has dismissed the possibility that Afghanistan could descend into the same chaos as Iraq when international troops pull out by the end of the year.