The Vatican says Pope Francis is to receive Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.
An international rights group has condemned a "vicious assault" on one of Uzbekistan's "bravest human rights defenders."
Russia has accused Kyiv of aggravating tensions in eastern Ukraine following the biggest upsurge of fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists in months.
Ukraine's president has warned his country there is a "colossal threat" that large-scale fighting could resume in the east, and said the military should be prepared to defend Ukraine against a possible invasion along its border with Russia.
Ukraine says five of its soldiers were killed and 39 wounded on June 3 in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east.
A Pakistani government official says the effects of the army's territorial advances in the country's northwest against militants are "already visible" in the polio vaccination programs.
The Russian Orthodox Church says it is severing ties with the main protestant churches of France and Scotland over the issue of same-sex unions.
Iran's oil minister says the country could rapidly increase oil production by an extra 1 million barrels per day (bpd) if Western sanctions against it were lifted.
An air strike in the Iraqi town of Hawijah completely levelled one of the Islamic State's largest car bomb factories June 3, causing heavy casualties and extensive destruction, officials said.
Afghanistan is increasingly relying on a "cheap but dangerous" national militia of some 30,000 fighters, some of whom have committed serious abuses in the communities they are supposed to protect, an international research group says.
Ukraine has agreed to pump enough natural gas into its storage facilities to maintain pressure in the system so Russian gas can reach Europe in winter, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak has said.
Germany has deported a man convicted of spying for Moscow since before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.