Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he plans to pardon jailed former oligarch and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
The U.S. co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Minsk Group has hailed the "constructive dialogue" engaged in recently by the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents.
The head of an election watchdog in Azerbaijan, Anar Mammadli, has officially been charged with tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and using his office to falsify election results.
At least seven people have been killed and 11 injured in a spate of attacks in Pakistan.
Former Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili, who is currently in custody, says prosecutors have tried to force him to inform on former President Mikheil Saakashvili.
The consortium developing Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz-2 natural-gas project has signed a final investment agreement, paving the way for the first deliveries to Europe.
About a dozen Afghan refugees have picketed the UN office in Bishkek, demanding a simplification of procedures to obtain Kyrgyz citizenship.
The head of the Kyrgyz government's agency for border demarcation, Kurbanbai Iskandarov, said on December 16 that Bishkek proposed that Dushanbe hold the gathering on December 24.
Fifteen women in Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Osh have been on hunger strike since December 11 demanding the release of former parliament speaker Akmatbek Keldibekov from detention.
Votes are being counted following Turkmenistan's first multiparty parliamentary elections, with preliminary results expected soon.
A roadside bomb has killed a senior bomb-disposal officer and three colleagues in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.
Hundreds of Baku residents have staged a protest rally over the rising costs of fuel and food products.