Russian investigators have exhumed the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Aleksandra as part of a new probe into the 1918 slaying of the Romanov family.
Russia is reportedly planning a second major military base near the Ukrainian border.
The Afghan presidency says President Ashraf Ghani has undertaken "serious measures" to prevent sexual abuse of children in the country.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have gathered at Mount Arafat near the Saudi holy city of Mecca to mark the peak of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
The only defendant in the case involving the 2011 crash of a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice-hockey team has been sentenced to prison and amnestied.
A Georgian soldier has been killed in an attack on NATO forces near a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan.
French President Francois Hollande says an agreement has been reached with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to purchase the two French Mistral helicopter carriers that were originally built for Russia.
European Union leaders have agreed to send 1 billion euros to support Syrians in refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, in the bloc's latest effort to stem its worst migration crisis in modern times.
Russia says it would be forced to take countermeasures to restore the "balance of power" in Europe if media reports saying the United States plans to upgrade nuclear weapons in Germany are accurate.
At least five police officers have been stabbed to death by alleged separatists in a knife attack at a coal mine in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the Islamic State (IS) extremist group at the opening of the new Moscow Cathedral Mosque.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is among more than 100 leaders taking part in a counterterrorism summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at the United Nations next week.