Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen continue to fight Al-Qaeda militants in the central cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said the military will leave cities in Anbar Province where deadly clashes took place after a Sunni antigovernment protest camp was dismantled.
The leader of Ukraine's opposition UDAR party, Vitali Klitschko, says opposition parties and their supporters will continue their peaceful demonstrations across Ukraine after the winter holidays.
The Armenian parliament has ratified a controversial natural-gas agreement with Moscow amid protests.
A Georgian court has suspended Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava amid ongoing investigations into misuse of funds.
After Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were freed from prison as part of an amnesty, they described Russian President Vladimir Putin's clemency as "laughable" and a "PR stunt."
Tajikistan's Foreign Ministry says it is looking into claims by German media that some 200 stolen cars from Germany have been tracked down in Tajikistan.
An opposition activist in Belarus has been sentenced to 15 days in jail.
Residents of Mir Ali, the key town in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area, say at least 40 people died in army shelling there on December 19.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin's "readiness to improve' ties" with Tbilisi.
Afghan police are investigating the kidnapping and brutal killings of a female police officer and a pregnant teacher in the southern province of Oruzgan.
Rakhat Aliev, the former son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, has been named as a suspect in a high-profile political murder in 2006.