Security forces in Tehran have prevented a gathering of Iranian journalists who were attempting to stage a demonstration to show solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.
The European Commission has offered to lend Ukraine a further 1.8 billion euros ($2.12 billion) in medium-term loans to help the country's beleaguered economy.
A Kazakh court has extended the pretrial house arrest for former Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says Russia is still sending military forces into Ukraine despite a September 5 deal on a cease-fire and steps toward peace.
The Pentagon announced on January 8 that it is returning 15 bases that it now operates in Western Europe back to their host nations.
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has accused Russia of suppressing the culture of its Finno-Ugric minorities by decreasing education in their traditional languages.
Gunmen in Pakistan have killed a man who had been acquitted two weeks ago on blasphemy charges and freed from prison after a court ruled he was mentally unstable.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has discussed the conflict in Ukraine with his French and German counterparts by telephone.
A man has set himself on fire in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku.
Officials in Tajikistan have made public the identities of four Tajik border guards who were reported abducted by an unidentified group based in Afghanistan last month.
Kyrgyz border guards have detained three unidentified men they say entered the country illegally from China.
Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan say allegations against the president and other senior figures laid out in a book by an opposition politician who is currently abroad will be "thoroughly investigated."