Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has criticized the decision of the Dozhd TV station to conduct a poll asking viewers if surrendering Leningrad during the Nazi siege of World War II would have been more humane.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's new remarks about Washington's commitment to Afghanistan's future.
Heavy fighting between Iraqi security forces and Al-Qaeda-linked militants has been reported in the central cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
Kyrgyz and Tajik military units have begun withdrawing from a disputed section of the two countries' border.
Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk has told parliament the country is on the verge of a "civil war" and urged lawmakers to act with utmost responsibility.
More fighting has been reported in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, where Islamist gunmen continue to hold parts of two cities.
A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of failing to support the peace process.
Officials at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province have cited security concerns as the reasons behind the cancelation of an event celebrating a book by teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.
Ukraine's parliament has repealed controversial antiprotest laws in a move aimed at defusing two months of unrest and an alarming escalation of violence.
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.