New York City lawmakers have approved naming a street after Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov, who settled in the city after emigrating in 1979 from the Soviet Union, where authorities stymied his efforts to publish his work.
An Uzbek court has fined independent journalist Said Abdurakhimov for "spreading panic" and working without accreditation.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have released four OSCE monitors they had held captive for more than one month.
The Pakistani Army says at least 18 militants were killed in the ongoing campaign against Taliban militants in North Waziristan tribal district.
The Russian economy minister says a new round of Western sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine could seriously impact growth, but that it would not be a "dramatic" situation.
A young couple in Pakistan have been killed by the woman's relatives for marrying against their wishes.
Russian media reports say the inaugural test launch of Russia's Angara rocket -- its first new design of a space vehicle since the Soviet era -- has again been put off.
On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, were shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb.
Moody's has cut the credit-rating outlook of Russia to "negative," a sign of a possible future downgrade.
More than 1,200 Chinese workers have been evacuated from northern Iraq.
Reports say thousands of Iraqi soldiers backed by air cover and tanks are closing in on the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, which was overrun by Islamist-led rebels earlier this month.
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has announced his government will extend by 72 hours a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.