U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have said that Ukraine should be a peaceful, stable, and prosperous bridge between Russia and Europe.
Six U.S. Senators have sent a letter to French President Francois Hollande calling on him to cancel the delivery of two French warships to the Russian Navy and to halt future delivery of the ships to Russia.
An activist from the feminist group Femen has damaged awax statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Paris Museum.
A public-opinion poll in Russia has found that anti-American sentiment has reached its highest point there since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Two Armenian soldiers have reportedly been killed by an Azerbaijani sniper along the two countries' border.
Another round of talks on resolving the Transdniester conflict started in Vienna on June 5.
A well-known activist for press freedom in Russia is being held at a St. Petersburg airport after being stopped on her way to the United States.
Three former officers of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) have been sentenced to prison terms of between 14 months and 3 1/2 years for stealing one of the few remaining copies of the famed Gutenberg Bible.
Security officials say Iraqi troops have regained control of the central city of Samarra after Al-Qaeda-linked militants earlier on June 5 seized parts of the city.
The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has called on the government to pay more attention to the quality of drinking water as the number of people in the republic's east apparently sickened by tainted tap water reached 145.
A police chief and three other officers were killed as they were defusing an explosive device on the side of a road in southeastern Afghanistan.
U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Moscow to engage with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.