President Vladimir Putin says Western efforts to split Russian society with economic sanctions have failed to yield expected results.
Pro-Russian rebels have withdrawn from front-line villages near the strategic port city of Mariupol.
Armenian authorities have launched a criminal investigation into police officers involved in a crackdown on demonstrators protesting against electricity price hikes.
Lawmakers in the lower house of Russia's parliament have voted for a bill that critics say could be used to block information critical of the government or government officials.
Russia says Ukraine's failure to agree with separatists on implementing a peace deal is "alarming."
The trial of Ukrainian pilot and parliament member Nadia Savchenko, who has been jailed in Russia since July 2014, may start within weeks, her lawyer said.
Pakistan's military said on July 3 the death toll from a suspicious train accident in the eastern Punjab Province has risen to 17.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said a lasting nuclear deal with Iran has "never been closer."
Police in Pakistan saved a Christian couple from a Muslim mob that was attempting to lynch them for allegedly committing blasphemy, a senior officer said July 2.
An Afghan soldier who was hailed as a hero for killing militants who tried to storm parliament last month has been arrested after a fatal traffic accident in Kabul.
At least 14 people including a senior army officer were killed July 2 when a train carrying more than 200 fell into a canal in Pakistan after the partial collapse of a bridge.
Malaysia told the United Nations Security Council July 2 it plans to push for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those suspected of shooting down a passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine.