Russian President Vladimir Putin has inspected construction work on a bridge aimed at linking the annexed Crimean Peninsula to Russia.
Prosecutors in Kosovo have brought charges against five ethnic Albanians, including four imams and the leader of an Islamic political party.
Activists warn that Azerbaijan's government has stepped up repression of journalists, civil society activists, and human rights workers ahead of a key referendum, and urge the West to do more to confront Baku.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says a new cease-fire declared in eastern Ukraine appears to be holding.
Ukraine has filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge Russia over restrictions on freight transit.
President Vladimir Putin has called on Russians to go to the polls on September 18 to elect a new State Duma, the lower house of parliament.
Russia says it's ready to help the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in fighting cybercrime, after the world's main anti-doping regulator called on Moscow to do all it could to prevent the hacking of athletes' medical records.
A European court has partially upheld sanctions imposed on Ukraine's ousted former president, Viktor Yanukovych, his son Oleksandr, and the former head of the presidential administration, Andriy Klyuyev.
The chief prosecutor for a special tribunal being set up to try crimes arising out of the late 1990s Kosovo conflict has pledged to carry out his investigations "without fear or favor."
Tajik authorities say they are investigating an early-morning traffic accident in the capital that left two people dead after a car driven by the son of Deputy Prime Minister Davlatali Saidov slammed into a parked roadwork vehicle.
NATO and Russia officials have held talks on "ways to increase transparency and risk reduction," the military alliance says.
The United Nations' special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, has said there was no real difference between the September 11 parliamentary elections and all the previous ones carried out in the country.