A Pakistani official says police have killed at least 12 militants involved in target killings and attacks on officers in the southern city of Karachi.
An Iranian filmmaker says an appeals court had sentenced him to a year in prison, reducing his initial sentence of six years for "insulting sanctities" and "spreading propaganda."
Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency says 40 Iranian media outlets have added $600,000 to a bounty for the killing of Indian-born author Salman Rushdie.
The foreign ministers of Germany and France have arrived in Kyiv for a visit aimed at reaffirming EU support for Ukraine’s leadership.
A UN commission of inquiry says war crimes in Syria are "rampant," and government forces and the Islamic State extremist group continue to commit crimes against humanity.
The United States and Russia have announced plans for a cessation of hostilities in Syria that would go into effect at midnight on February 27.
A leaked excerpt from a soon-to-be-released report by the Russian opposition on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov accuses him of amassing a 30,000-strong "private army" that constitutes a threat to national security.
Thousands of migrants remain stranded on Greece's northern border and near Athens as non-EU Macedonia refuses to allow passage to Afghans.
An Afghan official says a suicide bomber targeting a police commander has killed at least 13 people in the province of Parwan.
Afghan government forces have pulled out of two districts in the southern province of Helmand.
Russia is planning to ask permission on February 22 to start flying surveillance planes equipped with high-powered digital cameras over the United States, the Associated Press reports.
Jailed Kazakh civil-rights activist Ermek Narymbaev has been transferred to house arrest.