China has agreed to lend about $7 billion to Belarus through credit lines set to open this month.
Kosovo's leaders have condemned "any involvement" of the territory's citizens in a weekend gunbattle in neighboring Macedonia that left eight police officers and 14 suspected gunmen dead.
An opening ceremony launching the Russian-Chinese Maritime Cooperation-2015 naval drills took place in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk on May 11.
Nearly 20 Hazaras taken in February in a brazen hostage-taking in southern Afghanistan have reportedly been released.
Supporters of Ukrainian pilot and parliament member Nadia Savchenko, who has been jailed in Russia since July, are urging social media users to use Twitter to mark her birthday.
Seven hundred university teachers in Iran have sent a letter to the government, urging it to stop officials from interfering in the affairs of universities.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says Russia and pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine now have the capacity to launch new attacks "with very little warning" after a sustained military buildup.
The U.S. State Department and Russia's Foreign Ministry say that Secretary of State John Kerry will meet President Vladimir Putin on May 12 to discuss ongoing unrest in Ukraine, Syria, and Yemen.
Iran says it has bought 15 second-hand civilian aircraft in the last three months in a move to modernize an aging fleet hit by U.S. sanctions that restrict trade of aircraft and parts.
Police say a crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep gorge on May 11, killing at least 23 people in the Indian-controlled section of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Sweden's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to revoke a detention order over allegations of sexual assault.
A provincial official in Afghanistan says kidnappers have released 19 Hazara hostages abducted in February in exchange for 22 people.