Participants at the second World Congress of Crimean Tatars have condemned Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, as the gathering opened in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on August 1.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a major archaeological site in Crimea to be placed under federal control following disagreements over the appointment of the site's director.
The Kremlin says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with his U.S. and Saudi Arabian counterparts, John Kerry and Adel al-Jubeir, during a visit to Qatar on August 2 and August 3.
Saudi Arabia says three family members of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden have been killed in a private jet crash in southern England.
An official Taliban statement on August 1 denied Pakistani media reports that the founder of the Haqqani network -- a militant group affiliated with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda -- died about a year ago.
Host Russia remained unbeaten in the synchronized swimming team free event after winning a fifth straight gold at the world championships July 31.
Some western Alaska Natives can again travel to Russia's Chukotka region without a visa under a decades-old agreement that was revived in mid-July.
The Russian Orthodox Church's bid to take over St. Petersburg's landmark St. Isaac's Cathedral is creating a controversy.
Russia's Foreign Ministry has vowed retaliation against the United States for expanded sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
The U.S. House Ethics Committee said it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.
The White House confirmed the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar July 31 and said his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan."
Masud Barzani, the president of Iraq's Kurdish region, has called on militants in the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to leave northern Iraq in order to prevent Turkish air strikes from causing civilian casualties.