Iranian authorities say they will partially lift a ban on women attending men's sports matches.
A senior Afghan Shi'ite community leader says Islamic State (IS) militants are responsible for kidnapping dozens of Shi'ite men and boys earlier this year.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has proposed that both sides in the conflict in Ukraine withdraw weapons of under 100 mm caliber from the line of contact as a way of boosting confidence in a February cease-fire.
Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and two wounded in a land-mine explosion in separatist eastern territories.
Russia has urged the UN Security Council to call for a pause in air strikes on Yemen, as a Saudi-led coalition pounded rebels in the country for a 10th day.
The Islamic State (IS) militant group has now captured most of a large Palestinian refugee camp on the southern outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, after a four-day battle against rival Palestinian insurgents.
The White House says it is confident final details on a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program can be worked out.
Officials say a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan has killed seven people, including four children.
A group linked to the Russian Orthodox Church says it has created a center for the study of Russophobia.
The self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic says it will begin issuing passports to residents of areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Twenty-six workers at Russia's newest spaceport in the Far East have begun a hunger strike to demand overdue salaries.
Investigators in Moscow have charged a former Supreme Court official and three others with fraud for allegedly stealing more than 300 million rubles ($5.25 million) earmarked for courtroom interpreters.