Tajikistan's parliament has unanimously approved a Tajik-Chinese agreement on the mutual extradition of suspected and convicted felons.
Syrian activists say Islamic State fighters (IS) now control almost all of the city of Palmyra, whose ancient ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after government forces abandoned the city.
In Prishtina, around 100 protestors called on Kosovo's government to secure the release of 21 Kosovar citizens arrested in Macedonia after a gun battle earlier this month.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the crisis in Macedonia has been orchestrated from the outside.
A Russian court has charged a Lithuanian citizen with espionage.
The head of Ukraine's National Security Council says Kyiv is open to placing parts of a missile-defense system in Ukraine to ward off the potential risk of attacks from Russia.
The death toll in a sudden die-off of critically endangered saiga antelope is nearing 20,000, according to authorities in northern Kazakhstan who are still unsure of the cause.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ruled out allowing international nuclear inspectors to visit military sites in Iran or to question scientists, saying Tehran will "never yield to pressure."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow is ready to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with the West.
A Pakistani antiterrorism court has jailed a prayer leader for five years in prison for making a speech against the Shi’ite minority.
President Petro Poroshenko has said Ukraine was now in a "real war" with Russia, and that Ukrainians should prepare for a Russian offensive.
European Union leaders are set to meet with their counterparts from six eastern countries in Riga on May 21 and 22, amid concern that the meeting could further inflame tensions with Russia.