A Russian art teacher whose imprisonment sparked protests has been freed following the intervention of President Vladimir Putin.
There are reports of more fighting in Iraq's western Anbar Province, where security forces are trying to oust insurgents who have seized parts of two cities.
Pakistan's prime minister has recommend that a top civilian honor be awarded to Aitzaz Hassan, a teenager who died while stopping a suicide bomber at his school.
A Russian court in Yekaterinburg has imposed a 24-month work ban on a prominent journalist after finding her guilty of extortion.
Afghanistan says it will release scores of prisoners despite objections from the United States, which considers them a security threat.
Three police officers, including a senior police official, have been killed in a bomb attack in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.
Fighting has been continuing in Iraq's western Anbar Province, where security forces and their tribal allies are battling an offensive by Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
Moscow's two main international airports have announced a total ban on liquids in carry-on baggage amid a security crackdown ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has again urged Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the western province of Anbar to surrender.
An alleged member of an international jihadist group has been apprehended in Kyrgyzstan.
A date has been set for the retrial of a former top Kazakh official found guilty of ordering a high-profile murder.
Tajik and Kyrgyz border guards and police will now jointly patrol disputed segments of their mutual border.