The United States is adding nearly three dozen people and companies to its sanctions list for activity directly or indirectly connected to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
There was fierce fighting in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province with reports that Taliban fighters were on the verge of capturing the strategic city of Sangin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow "will continue making efforts" to resolve trade disputes with the European Union and Ukraine.
The number of refugees and migrants arriving by land and sea in the European Union has passed 1 million this year, while a further 3,600 died or went missing.
A senior Iranian nuclear official says Russia will begin construction on two new nuclear reactors in Iran next week.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has condemned a suspected Russian military attack on the Syrian city of Idlib, adding Syrian territory will not be part of “Russian imperialist goals.”
Britain has sent military personnel to the southern Afghan province of Helmand following reports the district of Sangin had largely fallen to the Taliban.
Hundreds of journalists have protested across Serbia demanding the prime minister keep a promise to sack his defense minister, who recently made a sexist comment to a female journalist.
Bosnian police say 11 people have been arrested on suspicions of links to Islamic State.
More than 600 tons of opium have been seized in a joint operation between law enforcement officials from Russia and Afghanistan.
Iraqi forces have stormed the center of Ramadi in a bid to wrest control of the central Iraqi city from Islamic State militants.
Russian investigators have searched homes of several employees of a charitable foundation funded by exiled Kremlin critic and ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.