The Iraqi Army says it is delaying an all-out attack on the center of the city of Fallujah -- which is held by Al-Qaeda-linked militants -- in order to avoid civilian casualties.
A Kyrgyz labor migrant has been found dead in Moscow -- the second such incident in as many days.
A second suspect in November arson attacks against two Orthodox churches in Tatarstan has alleged police torture.
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.