The Islamic State (IS) militant group has posted a video that purportedly shows the execution of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, despite days of negotiations to win his release.
A major fire broke out at one of Russia's largest libraries where thousands of rare and historical documents are kept.
Peace talks in Minsk aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine ended without progress on January 31.
Two people were reportedly killed and three injured in Kabul on January 31 during a protest against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States might eventually need to send noncombat ground troops to Iraq to help defeat Islamic State militants.
Thousands of Shi'ite Muslims rallied January 31 in Pakistan to protest the killing of 61 people in a suicide bombing at a mosque, in the nation's worst sectarian attack in nearly two years.
The Pentagon says the gunman who killed three U.S. contractors at the Kabul airport on January 29 was in an Afghan army uniform and was subsequently killed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said there should be no debt relief for Athens, a day after Greece's new finance minister announced he would no longer cooperate with auditors from the so-called troika of creditors.
U.S. military officials say a mid-level Islamic State militant who specialized in chemical weapons was killed in an U.S. air strike near Mosul in Iraq last week.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine next week to show U.S. support for the government as fighting spikes with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
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.