Kazakhstan's foreign minister, Erlan Idrissov, has called on NATO to establish dialogue with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze says Russia's occupation of her country's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is a threat to regional and European stability.
Differences between the United States and Russia have gone on sharp display at the annual Munich Security Conference.
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden says the United States will not recognize the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Russian news agencies have reported that a rocket carrying a U.S. communications satellite suffered engine trouble and plunged into the Pacific Ocean shortly after launch on February 1.
Russia's formal government institutions have long been a facade masking the rule of Vladimir Putin's inner circle. Recently, the facade has become increasingly worn and tattered.
A group UN human rights experts wants Russia's State Duma to drop a draft bill that establishes administrative penalties for "propaganda of homosexuality among minors."
A judge in the city of Blagoveshchensk in eastern Russia has resigned after a video showing him sleeping during a trial went viral on the Internet.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a jailed member of the Russian protest band Pussy Riot, has reportedly been moved to a prison hospital.
Hillary Clinton, who steps down as U.S. secretary of state on February 1, said Iran and Russia continued to provide military and financial assistance to the Syrian government.
In its annual report, the U.S.-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) evaluates the human-rights situation in more than 90 countries and warns of the challenges to democracy many of them face.
The United States says it "regrets" a decision by Russia to terminate a bilateral agreement on cooperation in law enforcement and drug control.