Russia says it is ready for more talks with Japan on a long-delayed peace treaty, but there is no room for compromise over the two countries' territorial dispute.
France has opened a business development office in Tehran seeking to renew economic ties with Iran.
The United States says it is seeing "indications that Iran" is cooperating with inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog.
Pakistan's highest court has refused to halt the execution of a paraplegic death-row convict.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, while deploring that Russia is still supporting separatists.
A car bombing has killed 11 people and wounded some 40 in the Iraqi capital.
Hungary's parliament has allowed the army to use nonlethal force to prevent illegal migrants crossing the border.
Russian investigators say the damage caused by the detained governor of the northwestern Komi region and his accomplices amounts to billions of rubles.
Russia is calling for "concrete action" after a shell landed on its embassy compound in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
A new report says a growing number of "disillusioned" Islamic State (IS) militants are defecting from the group and could be used by governments to deter potential recruits.
U.S. officials have been quoted as saying that Russia has started flying drone aircraft on surveillance missions in Syria.
The governor of the Moldovan National Bank, Dorin Dragutanu, has announced his resignation after being criticized for failing to prevent the massive siphoning of money from local banks last year.