Azerbaijani Sports Minister Azad Rahimov has said the spectacular June 12 opening ceremony in Baku of the first-ever European Games cost some 100 million manat ($95 million) to stage.
The United States is reportedly planning to store heavy military equipment in Eastern Europe to reassure allies made uneasy by Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Iran's president says he is following the case of the American-Iranian bureau chief for The Washington Post who is accused by Iran of espionage and propaganda.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said talks with world powers on his country's nuclear activities could be extended if Tehran's counterparts in the negotiations introduce new issues.
Pakistan's military says it has killed at least 20 suspected militants in air strikes on a troubled northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.
Switzerland has flown an opposition activist out of Azerbaijan after sheltering him for 10 months at its embassy in Baku.
The Ukrainian military says six of its servicemen have been killed and 14 others wounded in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours, threatening a fragile truce with pro-Russian separatists controlling parts of the country's east.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on June 13 with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the inaugural European Games in Baku.
The United States has announced the transfer of six detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Oman, the latest step in President Barack Obama's push to close the controversial jail for terrorism suspects.
Ukraine has demanded compensation from Russia after mobs vandalized its embassy in Moscow and its consulate in Rostov-on-Don.
Afghan officials say at least 17 police officers have been killed after militants ambushed checkpoints in the country's volatile southern Helmand Province.
Pakistan's interior minister on June 12 said the government was ready to throw out more foreign aid groups, one day after expelling Save The Children.