The Russian-appointed human rights commissioner in Crimea has stated the situation with rights there is worse than in Russian regions.
Top U.S. senators appeared on television on April 5 to discuss the recent framework agreement Iran and world powers reached on April 2.
The Afghan Taliban have published a biography of their reclusive leader Mullah Omar at a time when some are defecting from Taliban ranks to join other militant groups and talk has been increasing that Mullah Omar might not even be alive.
Six Ukrainian soldiers were killed on April 5 in the east of the country in two separate incidents as the conflict in eastern Ukraine entered its second year.
Turkmenistan's president has pledged to conserve scarce water resources, a major problem in a country that's considered to be among the world's top water wasters.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Tehran in the coming days for a series of high-level meetings.
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on April 5, the eleventh day of a campaign against Iran-allied Huthi forces opposed to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Iran's foreign minister says Tehran could resume full nuclear operations if the West withdraws from a pact that is to be finalized in June.
France has halted the search for bodies at the Germanwings crash site.
The prime minister of Iraq says Islamic State won't be defeated if the extremist group continues to recruit foreign fighters.
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.