A senior U.S. official in Vienna says Iran must significantly reduce its uranium-enrichment capacity if it wants to reach a lasting deal over its nuclear program.
The U.S. military's top officer, Martin Dempsey, says Iraqi forces have strengthened their defenses around Baghdad and are capable of defending the capital.
The UN's children agency, UNICEF, says the year 2013 saw a 30-percent increase in the number of children killed or injured in fighting in Afghanistan compared to 2012.
Russia and Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniester say they have signed a series of agreements to minimize the impact of Chisinau's new ties with the European Union.
The EU Election Assessment Team in Afghanistan is calling for a wider audit of polling stations to detect potential voting fraud than the audit now being undertaken by Afghan election authorities.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has reportedly begun releasing 32 Turkish truck drivers kidnapped last month during the Islamist group's takeover of Mosul, in northern Iraq.
Syrian aircraft have bombed border areas between Syria and Iraq, killing three Iraq civilians according to local officials.
New Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey has vowed to hold "a victory parade" in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March.
The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region, Masud Barzani, has asked the region's parliament to form a committee to organize a referendum on independence.
The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Russia for the mass deportation of Georgian citizens in 2006.
German authorities have extradited a man from Russia's North Caucasus Chechen Republic who is wanted for the alleged large-scale production of hashish.
Human Rights Watch says a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights approving France's ban on full-face veils is "discriminatory" and breaches the rights of Muslim women.