Israel and the Hamas militant group have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
The independent Azerbaijani newspaper "Azadliq" has been forced to suspend publishing due to financial problems.
A British judge has opened an inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Aleksandr Litvinenko saying the central question is to learn whether the Russian government ordered the killing.
The EU has adopted broad economic sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine. Those affected include the country's largest banking house -- Sberbank.
The United States has voiced "deep concern" after Azerbaijani authorities charged prominent human rights activist Leyla Yunus with treason.
The United Nations has urged both Afghan presidential candidates to fully engage in the audit of election ballots, which restarts on August 2.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili says legal proceedings against ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili will be "objective and transparent."
Ukraine's parliament has overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's resignation, after approving legislation he said was essential to fund the military operation against pro-Russian separatists in the east.
Relatives of four inmates have gathered near a penal colony in Kazakhstan’s southern city of Shymkent to demand that they be allowed to see incarcerated relatives who may have maimed themselves.
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay former shareholders in the defunct Russian oil company Yukos $2.5 billion in compensation.
Authorities in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh say two of their soldiers have been shot dead by Azerbaijani forces.
Foreign ministry officials from six member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are meeting in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.