The White House has expressed concern after several close encounters between Iranian vessels and U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf this week.
An ally of Kosovo’s president is being investigated for allegedly handing out jobs at state institutions and companies to people based on their political affiliation.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin have agreed in a phone call to accelerate efforts to deliver aid to Syria's Aleppo.
France's highest administrative court has suspended a controversial ban on wearing the full-body burkini swimsuit following a legal challenge.
A court in Moscow has prolonged the house arrest of Natalya Sharina, the director of the Ukrainian Literature Library, who is facing charges of extremism and embezzlement.
U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has dubbed her rival Donald Trump's campaign as one that will "make America hate again," while he in turn labelled her as a racist whose family foundation was a "criminal enterprise."
Ukrainian leaders, Human Rights Watch, and protesters in Kyiv called for the release of a Crimean Tatar activist who was forced into a psychiatric hospital in Russia-annexed Crimea.
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The trial of five members of Kyrgyzstan's opposition People's Parliament movement started on August 26.
Kyrgyz authorities say they have detained a Russian citizen on suspicion of recruiting Kyrgyz nationals to fight for the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Iraq and Syria.
Italy has declared a state of emergency in areas hit by a strong earthquake that has killed at least 281 people and wounded over 400.
At least 11 police officers have been killed and 78 others wounded after a car bomb exploded outside a police headquarters in southeast Turkey.