The Pentagon says that Iran has detained two U.S. Navy boats, along with 10 naval personnel, but has told the United States that the crew will be returned "promptly."
The Council of Europe says Georgia has made some progress in overhauling its justice system, but expressed concerns that the authorities may be abusing the law to target the opposition.
A New York Times correspondent says his home in Islamabad has been raided by a Pakistani paramilitary force.
Banks in Turkmenistan have stopped selling hard currencies, sparking a jump in black-market rates amid fears of a fresh devaluation.
Commemorations have been held in Armenia for the family allegedly killed by a Russian soldier exactly one year ago.
The leader of a group that sparked an uprising a decade ago in Uzbekistan that ended in massacre and colored Tashkent's relations with the West died some five years ago, sources have told RFE/RL.
An Afghan official has warned the Taliban not to boycott the peace process with Kabul, saying insurgents that choose war will face serious consequences.
Authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina say they have detained four people on suspicion of planning to join the Islamic State (IS) group.
A lawyer for Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, who has been on hunger strike in Russian custody for nearly a month, has described the state of his client's health as "worrisome."
In Kazakhstan, dozens of people struggling with the spiraling costs of their foreign currency mortgages have demonstrated in the country's largest city, Almaty.
A suicide bomb blast has killed at least two Iraqi police and wounded a senior intelligence officer north of Baghdad.
Russia says it will form three new military divisions on its Western flank this year, and deploy five strategic nuclear missile regiments on combat duty.