Russia has dismissed as "populist" a French proposal to limit the use of the veto at the UN Security Council and said it would oppose it.
The United States has levied new sanctions against a host of major Russian, Chinese and other companies, accusing them of violating embargoes on transferring weapons of mass destruction technologies to Iran, North Korea and Syria.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has defended the nuclear agreement with Iran in a speech that came shortly after the U.S. administration secured enough votes to assure the deal will not be rejected by the Congress.
Amnesty International is condemning as "abhorrent" the public flogging of a man and a woman in Afghanistan for "adultery."
The Pakistani military says air strikes targeting the Pakistani Taliban in the country's volatile northwest have killed at least 31 suspected militants.
The United States and the European Union are widening sanctions against dozens of Russians and Ukrainian individuals and entities with connections to Crimea's annexation and the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine.
U.S. Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign-policy victory.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says two cases of polio have been reported in Ukraine, the first such outbreak of the disease in Europe since 2010.
Russia's Supreme Court cut the prison term for the son of leading Crimean Tatar figure Mustafa Dzhemilev.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has joined veterans for a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that any decision to ban foreign-made medical products would be "thoroughly weighed and discussed with medical experts."
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has described Pakistan and China as “iron brothers” during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.