London 2012 organizers have hailed the "passion and spirit" of the British public after the two-millionth ticketed spectator passed through the Olympic Park since the games started on July 27.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed concern over immigration to the remote Far East from China, saying the region risked falling into foreign hands.
Britain has appointed a senior judge to conduct an inquest into the death of Russian dissident Aleksander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with polonium in London in 2006.
Russia's republic of Tatarstan has adopted new restrictions on religious groups and foreign-educated clerics.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has appointed a new prime minister to replace the prime minister who defected to the rebels fighting against Assad's regime.
Officials say five policemen and three militants in a shoot-out with suspected armed militants in the Daghestan region in Russia's volatile North Caucasus.
Just a few short weeks after welcoming relics of the Prophet Muhammad to Grozny, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov is set to take care of them, permanently.
Russian runner Natalya Antyukh has held off a late surge from Lashinda Demus, the current world champion from the United States, to win Olympic gold in the women's 400-meter low hurdles.
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian says Moscow and Yerevan have "reached an understanding" about the price of Russian natural gas for Armenia.
At least four members of a Muslim "catacomb" sect in Tatarstan have been charged with child abuse after allegedly keeping dozens of children underground for nearly a decade.
Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov has lambasted members of the cabinet formed 10 weeks ago for failing to demonstrate initiative and instead "waiting for someone to bring them something ready on a plate."
Top current and former Russian military commanders have accused ex-President Dmitry Medvedev of hesitation in ordering military operations in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia in 2008, causing unnecessary casualties.