In a reversal of position, a majority of lawmakers from Pakistan's governing Muslim League Nawaz party now say they back a military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban.
Unknown individuals have seriously damaged a monument commemorating victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine's Crimea region.
Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen have continued their multipronged attacks against Al-Qaeda-linked militants and antigovernment forces in the restive western Anbar Province.
There has been international condemnation of sweeping legislation to curb protests in Ukraine, with the European Union and United States expressing "deep concern" over the measure.
Ukraine's parliament has approved simplified procedures for detaining or arresting lawmakers.
Unknown assailants have shot dead a local Serbian politician in the ethnically divided northern town of Mitrovica.
The newly elected mayor of Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Osh says he will not allow lawlessness.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says a permanent military base for Pakistan's army is to be set up in the Swat Valley, a troubled area in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A controversial politician in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh has vowed to contest his defeat in a mayoral election.
The Hizb-e Islami militant group says its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has urged supporters to vote in the upcoming elections in Afghanistan.
Colonel Jamila Bayaz told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that she accepted the historic appointment after she was granted "full authority," and said she got "strong backing" from the country's interior minister.
Al-Qaeda-linked militants have destroyed two tanks and captured some police stations in clashes in the central Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.