Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on October 4 that Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone would be open to the public for the first time in 12 years.
Hundreds of people gathered in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on October 4 at an unsanctioned protest against the establishment of a Russian air base in Belarus.
At least 10,000 people have protested against Moldova's government in the capital, Chisinau.
Funeral services were held across Iran for pilgrims killed in a stampede during last month's hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria, and its allies was crucial to save the Middle East from destruction.
Kyrgyzstan’s Social Democrats (SDPK) are leading in the country's October 4 parliamentary poll with 27.5 percent of the vote after 90 percent of the ballots have been counted.
The Vatican has sacked a Polish priest after he publicly declared his homosexuality on the eve of a major meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in two of Baghdad’s mainly Shi’ite districts on October 3, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens, according to the police.
The first plane carrying bodies of Iranian pilgrims killed in the hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia has arrived in Tehran, nine days after the disaster that further soured already poor relations between the two regional rivals.
Russia has said that it will step up its air strikes in Syria after announcing that its air force has flown more than 60 sorties since September 30 and significantly reduced the military potential of "terrorists."
Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels are due to begin withdrawing small-caliber weapons from the front lines in the east of the country on October 3.
U.S. President Barack Obama has said the Pentagon has launched a "full investigation" into air strikes that killed at least 22 people at an Afghan hospital.