Iran and the European Union have agreed that Tehran has kept its nuclear promises under an agreement reached in July.
A human rights monitoring group says that fighters with the Islamic State (IS) extremist group have killed dozens of people while attacking government-held neighborhoods in the city of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria.
Tehran has freed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian-American dual nationals in a prisoner swap deal that also saw Washington release seven Iranian nationals.
The Russian athletics federation has elected a new president as it attempts to end the country's suspension from Olympic track and field.
The European Union has condemned as "extremely worrying" Turkey's arrest of academics who signed a petition denouncing military operations against Kurdish rebels in the country's southeast.
A pro-independence opposition party has claimed victory in elections in Taiwan.
The chief of Russia's top bank Sberbank said Moscow has failed to enact economic reforms and has fallen into the ranks of "downshifter" countries.
The siege of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso's capital by suspected Al-Qaeda militants ended with 126 hostages freed.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says international sanctions against Tehran will be lifted on January 16.
Russia accused the West of politicizing the humanitarian crisis in Syria in a way that risks derailing upcoming peace talks.
The Comoros, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, became the latest ally of Saudi Arabia January 15 to announce that it had cut off diplomatic relations with Iran.
The U.S. Defense Department has released a video showing the U.S. bombing of an Islamic State cash treasury in Mosul, Iraq, on January 11.