A senior White House official has voiced cautious optimism that the United States and Russia could reach an agreement on a political transition in Syria.
Ukrainian activists say human rights violations are rampant in Crimea, the Russian-annexed peninsula of Ukraine, including people being forced to acquire Russian citizenship and intimidation of nationalists.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has instructed the Foreign Ministry to lodge a formal complaint at the UN Security Council over the deployment of Turkish troops in the country's north.
Lebanese security sources say a son of Libya's late leader Muammar Qaddafi has been kidnapped by an armed group in Lebanon.
The Serbian government has rejected all offers for a majority stake in the country's state-owned phone company, Telekom Srbija.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week for talks on Syria and Ukraine.
Taliban militants have attacked a foreign guesthouse near the Spanish Embassy in Kabul, killing one Spanish police officer.
The United States says some "kinks" have to be resolved in a pact between Syrian opposition forces if peace talks are to resume next week.
Kazakhstan's former Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on corruption charges.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to "act in a very tough way" against any threat to its forces in Syria.
A court in Kazakhstan has sentenced a pro-Russian activist to four years in prison on hatred charges.
A loud explosion has rocked central Kabul, followed by bursts of gunfire.