The United States says Russia has decided to close a decades-old American cultural center operating in Moscow under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy, a move it said was damaging to the two countries' already frayed ties.
Russia has proposed holding directly military talks with the United States amid increasing tensions over Russia's military build-up in Syria.
A pair of Russian pranksters have claimed they duped British rock star Elton John into believing he spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Kremlin's initiative.
The OSCE's media-freedom representative has highlighted the 15th anniversary of the disappearance of Ukrainian investigative journalist Heorhiy Gongadze by reiterating her call for authorities in Kyiv to fully investigate the crime.
Ukraine has stepped up its effort to restrict Russia's use of its veto in the UN Security Council, which Kyiv says has enabled the Kremlin to block international action to punish Moscow for "aggression."
The self-proclaimed leader of Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk region, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, has signed a decree that schedules elections for local self-government bodies on October 18.
Tajikistan's Interior Ministry has confirmed that mutinous former Deputy Defense Minister Abduhalim Nazarzoda has been killed along with 10 of his supporters during a battle in the Romit Gorge area to the east of Dushanbe.
A Russian court has upheld a previous ruling to fine Perm 36, a NGO that previously managed the only Gulag museum in Russia, for failing to register as a "foreign agent" under a strict Russian law.
A Taliban suicide car bombing on the outskirts of the Afghan capital has left at least one senior police officer dead.
Croatia has sent demining experts to a Serbian border area where migrants are crossing by foot because of the possible danger posed by land mines left over from the 1991-95 war in Croatia.
Kazkahstan's national currency, the tenge, has continued to decline in value, reaching a new low against the U.S. dollar.
The first deputy chairman of Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT), Saidumar Husaini, has been detained in Dushanbe.