President Francois Hollande has denied claims by Moscow that France has agreed to pay compensation to Russia for cancelling the sale of two Mistral warships.
Czech police say they used tear gas to stop migrants who were trying to flee a detention center in the country's northeast on July 31.
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, claimed on July 31 that it had captured a number of Syrian rebels trained by the United States.
A former Taliban official says the newly elected leader of the militant group faces significant opposition from within.
Pakistani media are quoting unnamed Taliban sources as saying that Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the militant Haqqani network, has been dead for almost a year.
A court in Kazakhstan's northern city of Petropavlovsk has sentenced a man to three years in jail for "inciting interethnic hatred and discord via the Internet."
A monitoring group says U.S.-led coalition air strikes early on July 31 destroyed two key bridges used by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in the Syrian city of Albu Kamal, near the Iraqi border.
Russia’s central bank cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 11 percent on July 31, saying the risks of an economic cool down now outweigh the risk of inflation.
A lawyer for the widow of former KGB agent Aleksandr Litvinenko said on July 31 that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Litvinenko's murder and that Russian authorities have repeatedly obstructed an inquiry into the death.
Kosovo’s government on July 31 asked the parliament in Pristina to reconsider its rejection of an ad hoc court to put ethnic Albanian former guerrilla fighters on trial for alleged war crimes – including organ harvesting.
Ukraine's Constitutional Court has ruled that draft constitutional amendments that would decentralize power do not violate the country's constitution.
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