UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States and Russia to push all warring sides in Syria to allow safe passage for desperately needed aid to besieged civilians.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says there is no proof that a recent cyberattack on a database of the world's main anti-doping regulator originated in Russia.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Ukrainian leaders have agreed to observe a new cease-fire for the country's east.
The Russian military says its air force has struck Islamic State (IS) fighters preparing an attack on the Syrian city of Palmyra.
Azerbaijan's central bank has raised its key interest rate for the fourth time this year in an effort to "boost trust in the national currency."
Uzbekistan's acting president, Shavkat Mirziyaev, has appointed Abdulla Aripov as deputy prime minister in charge of information and telecommunications, a similar position to one Aripov left four years ago.
Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko has announced that his office has opened a criminal probe of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, raising the specter of another public blow to a fractious ruling coalition.
The European Parliament's largest political bloc will nominate Crimean Tatar politician Mustafa Dzhemilev for the 2016 Sakharov Prize.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has cancelled a trip to the Czech Republic due to health reasons.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged $1 billion in economic aid to Afghanistan after holding talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi.
The high-profile trial of a Kazakh businessman charged with attempting to overthrow the government, extremism, and illegal weapon possession has begun in Astana.
Ukraine's oldest Paralympian, 60-year-old Petro Ostrynskiy, hopes to bring home a medal from Rio.