There have been deadly clashes between security forces and militants around Baghdad and fierce fighting in northern Iraq between militants and Kurdish forces.
Another prominent rights defender has been arrested in Azerbaijan. Rasul Jafarov was detained during the morning of August 2 on suspicion of tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and abuse of authority.
Israel says a soldier who has been reported missing in the Gaza Strip is dead.
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry says four of its troops have been killed near the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that NATO needs to review its long-term relationship with Russia to reflect the fact that Moscow sees the alliance as “an adversary.”
A Georgian court has ordered the pre-trial detention of former President Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia.
A critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was detained in Bulgaria after an extradition request from Moscow has been released.
President Barack Obama has said the United States has done everything it can to convince Russia to change course in Ukraine, where the government is battling pro-Russian separatists.
An official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has condemned the growing crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan.
The new head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) mission to Moldova has arrived in Chisinau to begin his term.
A former mayor of Kyrgyzstan's capital -- Bishkek, Isa Omurkulov, has been acquitted in a high-profile corruption case.
Uzbek authorities suspended Internet and messaging services across the country on August 1 to prevent cheating at university entrance exams.