Fierce fighting between Iraqi security forces and insurgents has taken place in the western province of Anbar.
The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrial countries are expected to reconfirm their willingness to intensify sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine when they meet this week in Brussels.
The European Union has told Bulgaria to suspend preparatory work on Gazprom's South Stream pipeline which will bring Russian gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine.
NATO's top official says the alliance will finalize a package to reform and modernize Ukraine's armed forces following Russia's annexation of the ex-Soviet republic's Crimea territory.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet on the sidelines of this week's commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings that eventually led to Allied victory in World War II.
A top U.S. official has hailed the support provided by Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to international operations in Afghanistan.
Afghan candidate Abdullah Abdullah has received a major endorsement ahead of the country's second-round presidential election on June 14.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly bestowed medals on a group of businessmen and leaders of state companies for their contributions in organizing the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.
Noted Kazakh human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin is on a hunger strike in the penal colony in northern Kazakhstan where he is incarcerated.
A passenger van hit a roadside bomb in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least seven people and wounding at least three others.
U.S. President Barack Obama has defended the decision to exchange five Taliban prisoners for a U.S. soldier who had been held captive in Afghanistan for nearly five years.
Uzbekistan has released more than 3,200 prisoners under a general amnesty granted to nearly 70,000 people.