A Canadian who was taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan five years ago has been freed.
A doctor has been detained in Russia on suspicion of beating a patient to death in an act caught on a video that went viral.
Serbia has granted citizenship to the U.S. actor Steven Seagal.
Iran has dismissed a security official over the attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, which led Riyadh and several of its allies to cut or downgrade ties with the Islamic republic.
An Islamic State attack in a busy shopping area of Baghdad and other blasts around the country claimed at least 35 lives on January 11 in one of Iraq's worst days of violence in months.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has visited the Serb capital of Belgrade on an official visit to discuss a possible weapons deal with that Balkan nation.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has predicted Iran will undergo an "economic boom" with the lifting of international sanctions.
A Bosnian official and his wife have been arrested on suspicion of trying to influence a high-profile court case against an accused Balkan drug boss.
A suspected Russian air strike has struck a school in northern Syria, killing at least 12 children.
The European Union foreign-policy chief said she expects economic sanctions against Iran to be lifted soon.
At least three Afghan children have been killed after a mortar bomb hit a school in eastern Afghanistan.