Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has declared a "clear" victory in Serbia’s presidential election, an expected result that could increase Russia’s influence in the Balkan country.
The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports that authorities in Chechnya are arresting and killing homosexuals.
Acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko has died in a U.S. hospital at the age of 84.
Iraqi state television has claimed that the second-in-command of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has been killed in an air strike near the Syrian border.
The Russian government has opened a criminal investigation against the unidentified people who have called for an unsanctioned anticorruption demonstration in Moscow on April 2.
Russia's Investigative Committee says it has detained a suspect in connection with a March 24 attack on a military base in Chechnya.
Ukraine has strongly rejected calls from the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest for Kyiv to lift an entry ban on Russia's entry in this year's competition.
Iran has rejected U.S. allegations that the Islamic republic continues to be a main sponsor of terrorism and suggested that the main source was its regional rival and U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia.
Russia has accused the United States and its allies of "slander" as the U.S. top diplomat and Pentagon chief denounced Russia’s actions in Ukraine and elsewhere.
Russia says it is in contact with the Taliban in Afghanistan to push the militant group toward national reconciliation and to ensure the security of Russian citizens.
China's far western region of Xinjiang has introduced a range of restrictions as part of what it describes as a campaign against religious extremism.
Organizers of Iran’s first international marathon say 28 Americans are among runners from more than 50 countries who have registered so far to participate in the April 7 race.