Iraq’s oil minister says Baghdad has asked British energy giant BP to draft a study on boosting production in the Kirkuk oil fields in Iraq's Kurdistan region that were reclaimed by Baghdad late last year.
Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan's most prominent right activists and lawyers, has died at the age of 66.
Difficult conditions mean the search-and-recovery operation at the snow-packed site of a plane crash outside Moscow that killed all 71 passengers and crew could take a week, Russian authorities say.
President Hassan Rohani called for unity across Iran’s political spectrum as the country marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, weeks after antigovernment protests spread across the country.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reiterated its calls on Tajik authorities to release prominent journalist Hairullo Mirsaidov, after his pretrial detention was extended by another two months.
The German defense minister has visited her country’s troops in Iraq's Kurdistan region to determine the forces’ progress in the fight against Islamic State (IS) extremists and to prepare for a shift in strategy.
A 39-year-old Uzbek asylum seeker charged with carrying out the deadly truck attack in Stockholm in April 2017 is scheduled to go on trial on February 13 on terrorism charges.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli military has dealt "severe blows" to Iranian and Syrian forces with a series of air strikes in Syria.
Estonia and Russia have swapped two convicted spies after both men received presidential pardons, Estonian authorities say.
Iranian authorities have confirmed that an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist died in prison and said his death was a suicide, a claim his son said he does not believe.
Russia's media regulator has moved to prohibit material related to an investigation by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny that exposed a meeting between a Russian billionaire and a senior government official on a yacht.
Azerbaijan's Musavat Party will not participate in a snap presidential election scheduled for April, party head Arif Hacili has said.