Media reports claim the Czech government paid a $6 million ransom to kidnappers to secure the release last year of two Czech women abducted in Pakistan.
Spanish police say they have uncovered an operation to smuggle arms to foreign militants under the guise of humanitarian aid and arrested seven people with suspected links to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) groups.
Turkey says it will continue to let in Syrian refugees, despite reaching "the limit of its capacity to absorb the refugees."
Afghan officials say three health workers involved in vaccinating Afghan children against polio have been killed in the eastern Kunar Province.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed anger over a U.S. official's visit to a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Kurdish forces.
An Afghan army commander says a key district in the southern province of Helmand is on the verge of being overrun by the Taliban.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has dismissed plans to build a wall around the capital.
Czech police say a group of about 20 unknown attackers set fire to a refugee center in Prague on February 6, just hours after thousands of people staged a protest in the Czech capital against Muslims and immigration.
The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's rocket launch and said it would adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says she is preparing an “important visit” to Iran following the implementation of the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers.
The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says Saudi Arabia lacks the courage to send ground troops to Syria.
Iran's constitutional watchdog, the hard-line Guardians Council, has reversed a ban on 1,500 candidates who had registered to run in the February 26 parliamentary elections.