Tajikistan's State Committee for National Security on June 16 confirmed that the Taliban has handed over four Tajik soldiers whom it captured in Afghanistan last year.
A reporter with a top Moscow opposition newspaper was briefly detained on June 16 in a separatist-held area in eastern Ukraine.
The Taliban has warned the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group against waging a parallel insurgency in Afghanistan, following several defections and reported clashes with militants loyal to IS.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned on June 16 that a Russian plan to deploy 40 new nuclear ballistic missiles announced by President Vladimir Putin was part of a dangerous pattern of behavior by Moscow.
The death toll from devastating flooding in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, has risen to 19, the government said in a statement on June 16, adding that 17 of the victims have been identified.
The White House has confirmed that the deputy leader of Al-Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a U.S. air strike in Yemen, and said that the militant's death was a "major blow" to the terror network.
The United States and its allies said they have staged 25 air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq and Syria over the past 24 hours.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered all international aid agencies to renew their registration within 90 days amid a crackdown on charity workers whom authorities accuse of breaking unspecified laws.
The United Nations says an estimated 23,000 refugees have escaped fighting in northern Syria and crossed into Turkey in recent weeks.
Pakistan has hanged at least seven convicted murderers ahead of the traditional halt in executions for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the military will add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to its arsenal this year capable of "penetrating" any current missile defense systems.
Pro-European parties came out decisively ahead of those favoring closer ties with Russia in Moldova's local elections held on June 14.