Moscow prosecutors have demanded that two NGOs in Russia provide documents related to their activities.
Russian Olympic champion Yulia Zaripova and 2011 heptathalon world champion Tatyana Chernova have been banned for doping.
The German military will continue to use Uzbekistan's Termez air base despite the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan.
Russian police have searched the house of a detained deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.
An Azerbaijani parliamentarian has dismissed widespread claims of political prisoners being held in his country.
Russian officials say 34 illegal labor migrants from Central Asia were detained in the city of St. Petersburg.
The head of the Russian Central Bank says mortgages in hard currency could be banned in the future.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the alliance must prepare for further challenges after a "black year" of Russian intervention in Ukraine and terror attacks on Europe's streets.
Kyiv and pro-Russian rebels traded accusations over deadly attacks in eastern Ukraine as planned peace talks in Minsk were reportedly postponed.
Kyrgyzstan's government has proposed legislation that would allow it to shut down media outlets without court decisions.
Russia's central bank has cut the key interest rate by 2 percentage points, to 15 percent, and the ruble lost value following the announcement.
Security and medical officials say Islamic State (IS) militants attacked Kurdish forces near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on January 30, while bombs in Baghdad and Samarra killed at least 21 people.