The governor of Russia's northwestern Komi region has been arrested on charges of fraud and heading a criminal gang.
A Taliban group in Afghanistan says the militant extremist movement may split into two factions because they cannot agree on who should be leader following the death of their founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed the establishment of an air base in Belarus, the latest in a series of moves by Moscow to project Russian military power abroad.
Authorities in Kazakhstan say that they are investigating the drowning of four Kazakh soldiers during an ill-fated military exercise on the Caspian Sea.
The head of the UN nuclear agency is heading to Tehran for high-level meetings in a bid to accelerate his probe of allegations that Iran worked in the past on nuclear weapons.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has to go but the timing of his departure has to be decided through negotiations.
The Pakistani military has carried out air strikes against suspected militant targets near the Afghan border, a day after the Pakistani Taliban killed 29 people in a raid on an air base.
Thousands of migrants who had been stuck for days in Southeastern Europe have started arriving in Austria after Hungary escorted them to the border.
Islamist insurgents are reported to have shot dead 56 Syrian soldiers in a mass execution at a captured air base.
Iranian state TV says flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed 10 people in the capital, Tehran, and southern regions.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani is seeking to quiet the misgivings of millions of Americans about crowds of Iranians that parade around Tehran chanting "Death to America!"
A Georgian court has sentenced a top opposition leader to 4 1/2 years in jail for misspending public funds one day after he was released from an illegal 14-month detention.