Iran has named career diplomat Gholamali Khoshroo as its new ambassador to the United Nations.
Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill in the Senate imposing sanctions should Western talks with Iran on its nuclear program collapse after June 30.
EU diplomats say ambassadors of the 28-nation bloc have failed to reach consensus on new sanctions targeting Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis and the extension of current sanctions due to objections from Greece.
The lower house of the Afghan parliament cited problems related to dual citizenship and academic qualifications among the 17 cabinet nominees who were rejected.
A public inquiry into former Russian spy Aleksandr Litvinenko’s death has heard that two Russian suspects are still wanted by police for murder.
Russia's parliament is considering issuing a statement condemning the "annexation" of East Germany by West Germany a quarter of a century ago.
The Islamic State (IS) militant group says it has appointed a former Pakistani Taliban commander as its leader for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Combined Joint Task Force said in a January 28 statement that strikes around the Syrian border town of Kobani hit 12 IS tactical units and a vehicle, and destroyed nine fighting positions, a staging area and three buildings.
Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili has begun her first working visit to the United States since assuming office in November.
Russia’s new "anticrisis" economic plan calls for a 10 percent cut in spending this year in all areas except military and social expenditures.
A senior Russian military official says Moscow wants to strengthen the Tajik army as "an outpost of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Central Asia."
The United States has pledged $2 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine to help Kyiv with "near-term social spending" this year, and said it was ready to step up sanctions against Russia if needed.