More than 22,000 people have signed a petition asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to secure the release of Svetlana Davydova, a 36-year-old mother of seven who is accused of treason, from pretrial detention.
Iranian media has reported that Turkmen naval vessels fired on an Iranian fishing boat killing one of the fishermen and sinking the boat
Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste has boarded a plane to leave Egypt after his release from prison.
Serbia has granted citizenship to a political rival of Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas.
Pope Francis has announced that he plans to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital next summer.
The United Nations says fighting and other violence in Iraq has killed at least 1,375 people in January.
U.S. General James Terry says Kurdish forces have driven militants from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group from the northern Syrian town of Kobani.
French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have called for "an immediate cease-fire" in eastern Ukraine, a day after the latest peace talks collapsed.
Japan has reacted with defiance to a video that purportedly shows the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
The Islamic State (IS) militant group has posted a video that purportedly shows the execution of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, despite days of negotiations to win his release.
A major fire broke out at one of Russia's largest libraries where thousands of rare and historical documents are kept.
Peace talks in Minsk aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine ended without progress on January 31.