The head of the Islamic militants who control territory in Syria and Iraq has allegedly been shown giving a sermon in Iraq.
Iraq's military spokesman says the prime minister has removed the chief of the army's ground forces and the head of the federal police from their posts.
Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani has ruled out a coalition government with his rival Abdullah Abdullah.
Problems surrounding the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline are likely to top the agenda as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Bulgaria and Slovenia on July 7 and 8.
Ukrainian government forces have hoisted the national flag on over the pro-Russian rebels' main stronghold of Slavyansk after flushing them out of the eastern industrial city in overnight fighting.
Moldova's Council for TV and Radio has suspended the broadcast license of Rossiya 24 (Russia 24) TV channel.
Iran's official IRNA news agency says an Iranian pilot has been killed while fighting in Iraq.
Afghan officials say militants have set fire to dozens of fuel trucks in an attack overnight on the outskirts of Kabul.
The head of the largest branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Volodymyr, has died of cancer in Kyiv at the age of 78.
Human Rights Watch is urging Pakistan to repeal what the human rights group calls the country's "repressive" new anti-terror legislation.
Russia's parliament has passed a law requiring Internet sites to store data of Russian citizens inside the country.
NATO and Russia both launched on July 4 naval exercises in the Black Sea amid strained ties between the Kremlin and the West over the crisis in Ukraine.