Reports say at least 16 people have been hanged in Iran since the start of this year
Indian and Pakistani troops have traded fire along the disputed border region of Kashmir, killing five people.
A prominent Iranian musician and composer says authorities are preventing him from traveling abroad.
France, Germany, and Kyiv have cast doubt on whether a four-way summit on Ukraine will be held next week in Kazakhstan's capital.
Three Saudi border guards, including a senior officer, have been killed in an attack on the border with Iraq.
Jury selection began on January 5 in the U.S. trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in bombings that killed three people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny says he will no longer observe the terms of his house arrest because he considers it illegal.
Police in Kazakhstan are now required by law to read suspects their rights, using a version of the U.S. Miranda warning, when making arrests.
Allegations laid out in a book by a Kyrgyz opposition politician who is currently abroad have caused a stir in the Central Asian nation.
A suicide car bomber has struck a European Union police vehicle in Kabul, killing one Afghan passerby.
A hunger strike by Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, who is being held in Russian custody, has entered its fourth week.