U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on January 16, that the threat to the world had been reduced following confirmation Iran complied with a landmark nuclear deal. (AP)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the relationships forged over the course of the Iran nuclear talks helped diplomats negotiate the release of five Americans. (AP)
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in three separate protests in the Moldovan capital as the country's political crisis continues.
The speaker of the rubber-stamp legislature of Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya has issued a harsh statement accusing opposition figures and media of being "traitors" under the control of Western security agencies.
The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran.
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.