Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new national-security strategy accusing the United States of trying to “contain” Russia through “political, economic, military, and informational pressure.”
The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for a shooting attack late December 29 that killed one person at a historic citadel in Russia's North Caucasus region of Dagestan.
A Russian court has sentenced a blogger to five years in a Siberian penal colony for "inciting hatred and extremism" after he criticized Russian intervention in Ukraine and, separately, accused local authorities of corruption and incompetence.
Iran has denied that its Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near a U.S. aircraft-carrier and other warships as they were entering the Persian Gulf on December 26.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the state intelligence service the authority to use weapons in crowds and fire at women and children under certain circumstances.
The United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than one million migrants braved the seas in 2015 to reach Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year.
Syrian activists say twin suicide bomb blasts hit two restaurants in a Kurdish-controlled city in northeastern Syria on December 30, killing or wounding dozens of people.
Two U.S. House committees are investigating a report by the Wall Street Journal that the United States has continued to spy on the Israeli prime minister because of his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.
Moscow called for the arrest of a Turkish man it claims killed the pilot of a Russian jet downed by Turkey last month.
The Obama administration is preparing new U.S. sanctions on corporations and individuals connected with Iran's ballistic missile program, news media reported December 30.
A Crimean official has said that Ukraine has cut off a major source of electrical power to the region, a month after saboteurs first plunged the peninsula annexed by Russia into darkness.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on December 30 that Turkey had not respected a commitment to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, where they are training an Iraqi militia to fight Islamic State.