Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has proposed a four-point initiative to defuse tension with India.
Kurdish forces say they have driven the Islamic State (IS) group out of several villages near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
Syrian activists say France's first air strike on the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria has killed at least 30, including 12 child soldiers.
Sixteen Turkish workers who had been kidnapped in Baghdad and held for nearly a month have been released and flown back home.
A Russian court has fined Moscow's Sakharov Center for not complying with the controversial "foreign agents" law.
In a bold escalation of its involvement in Syria, Russia has launched air strikes that it says targeted Islamic State militants, while Western officials suggest the offensive may be aimed at other opponents of Syria's regime.
A Minsk court has fined three Belarusian opposition leaders for holding unsanctioned rallies.
A member of a Ukrainian nationalist group has been sentenced in Russia to 24 1/2 years in prison for fighting with Chechen separatists against Russian troops in the mid-1990s.
A Russian man from the city of Tyumen has been sentenced to two years in jail for fighting with Islamic militants in Syria.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-allied Huthi groups in Yemen said it has foiled an attempt by Tehran to smuggle weapons to Yemen by ship.
A court in Kazakhstan's central city of Temirtau has sentenced a local resident to three years in jail for being a member of a banned Islamic group.
An expected Afghan government counteroffensive to retake Kunduz from the Taliban appears to have largely stalled as troops await reinforcements.