Lithuanian prosecutors say they have detained a Russian citizen suspected of spying.
The United States says Iran is not open for business yet.
Afghan government officials and members of the Taliban have agreed that insurgents should open a political office for negotiations.
Ruzi Nazar, who was born in the year of the Bolshevik Revolution and spent most of a long lifetime battling against Soviet domination of Central Asia, died in Turkey on April 30. He was 98.
Alleged rules violations at a penal colony have jailed Belarusian opposition politician Mikalay Statkevich facing a return to maximum-security prison.
The Finnish military has begun sending letters to some 900,000 reservists amid increased tensions between the Nordic states and Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
Diplomats at a UN review of Belarus's rights record have urged authorities in Minsk to ensure free and fair elections and decried an "atmosphere of intimidation."
Authorities in Tajikistan have detained a Turkish citizen of Afghan origin on suspicion of recruiting for the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
A NATO official says Afghan security forces will defeat a Taliban insurgency near the northern city of Kunduz that has caused thousands of people to flee their homes.
A court in the Sughd region of northern Tajikistan has sentenced 10 local men to 8 1/2 years in jail each after convicting them of being members of a banned Islamic group.
Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and three others wounded by a land-mine explosion in the eastern Luhansk region.
The long-standing enmity between Armenians and Turks is reverberating through an unexpected venue: the Russian soccer club Spartak.