The German Foreign Ministry says Russia and Ukraine have agreed to meet “as soon as possible” to discuss ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The Indian government says a Pakistani fishing boat laden with explosives bound for India blew up, killing all four people on board.
Russia says the recent rise in pretrial detentions is due to the increasing severity of judges toward people accused of minor offenses.
Russia has invited Syrian opposition figures to Moscow for talks later this month aimed at setting up a meeting with officials from the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Ukraine's biggest television channel is under fire after broadcasting a New Year's Eve concert featuring Russian singers who have publicly supported separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The Kremlin-backed head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, says he is implementing a new tactic in the fight against militants.
The foreign minister of Latvia, which now holds the European Union presidency, plans to visit Kyiv and Moscow early this month.
A senior regional official says Afghan soldiers were to blame for a mortar strike that killed at least 27 people at a wedding in southern Helmand Province.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the various crises in the Middle East.
A senior Russian diplomat has lashed out at Ukraine over nationalist marches marking the birthday of controversial World War II anti-Soviet insurgent Stepan Bandera.
Turkmenistan's central bank has devalued the country's currency against the U.S. dollar and significantly increased gas prices.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official says falling oil prices will hurt Middle Eastern countries and Saudi Arabia's decision not to reduce production is a mistake.