U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has said the momentum of Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq has stalled.
Russian Deputy Minister of Science and Education Veniamin Kaganov said testing centers could be opened for North Koreans seeking to work in Russia
Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Tatyana Shevtsova said April 9 there would be no reductions of personnel or funding for the Defense Ministry
Uzbekistan's Central Election Commission has announced the inauguration of President Islam Karimov will take place on April 10
Turkmenistan's embassy in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, has been hacked by people with apparent links to the Islamic State extremist group.
Ukraine's parliament has voted to ban "propaganda of the totalitarian Communist and Nazi regimes," a major rebuke to the country's Soviet-era masters in Moscow and to Russia.
Iran has urged Saudi Arabia to impose "the most severe punishment" on two Saudi police officers arrested on suspicion of sexually harassing two teenage Iranian boys at Jeddah airport.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he neither supports nor opposes a framework deal reached with global powers on Tehran's nuclear program, adding that he will wait till it is finalized.
Two Tajik activists have been imprisoned for ties with a banned political opposition group.
Ukrainian authorities say say they have detained 27 alleged members of a "saboteur" group in the Black Sea port city of Odesa.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he plans to meet with his counterparts from Ukraine, Germany, and France on April 13 to discuss the implementation of a deal meant to end the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.
An activist from Azerbaijan's opposition Popular Front Party has been sentenced to 20 days in custody after taking part in a public protest.