Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing and shelling have killed 12 people and wounded at least 23 in southern Baghdad.
Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani has rejected allegations of electoral fraud that have pushed the country into a political crisis, saying all ballots cast for him are legitimate.
A two-day exhibition of paintings by jailed rights defender Azimjan Askarov has opened in Bishkek.
Five alleged members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic group have been arrested in Kyrgyzstan's southern province of Jalal-Abad.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has rejected calls for a national unity government to counter a mounting Sunni insurgency.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia must do more to end the crisis in Ukraine, after Russia's upper house of parliament voted to revoke authorization for Russian military intervention.
Afghan officials say more than 800 Taliban fighters have launched an offensive in Helmand Province aimed at retaking territory recently transferred to the control of Afghan government forces by departing U.S. troops.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticized Tajik authorities for not fully respecting the rights of families being resettled to make way for the Roghun hydroelectric dam.
Unidentified gunmen have reportedly killed three members of Iran's security forces in the western province of Kermanshah.
Authorities in Kazakhstan say dozens of endangered saiga antelopes were killed in the northern Aqmola region on June 25.
A reputed Russian crime boss wanted for his alleged involvement in scores of killings and other criminal activities has been arrested in Thailand.
Separatist authorities in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh region say a soldier has been shot dead by Azerbaijani forces.