Ahead of a major antigovernment rally planned for May 17, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski says he will not step down.
Turkmen state media is reporting that some 1,200 prisoners have been pardoned in a sweeping amnesty.
The United States says a U.S. commando raid has led to the killing of a top Islamic State leader in eastern Syria.
Thousands of people have marched in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, in support of that country's unification with Romania.
The Ukrainian military says one serviceman has been killed and three wounded in fresh separatist attacks in eastern and southeastern Ukraine in violation of a cease-fire.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged China to reduce tension in the South China Sea.
A group of athletes is asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pressure Kazakhstan to drop proposed antigay legislation.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Tehran will help oppressed people in the region as much as it can.
A court in Egypt has passed death sentences on ousted President Muhammad Morsi and more than 100 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood for allegedly orchestrating a mass jail break in 2011.
A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite into orbit has crashed just minutes after takeoff.
The Iraqi military says extra troops are being sent to Ramadi, a city now largely controlled by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
Russia May 15 protested a Latvian artwork that it said depicts Russian President Vladimir Putin on a cross and encourages passersby to drive nails into the statue.