Heavy fighting has continued in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar Province between Islamic State (IS) militants and Iraqi government forces that are supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes.
Central Asian governments are trying to prevent young men from evading mandatory military service during autumn conscription campaigns that began on October 1.
Georgian prosecutors have ruled that the body of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania will be exhumed as part of an investigation into his death.
Eight Kyrgyz nationals fighting in Syria in the ranks of Islamist forces against government troops have been killed.
Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) confirmed on September 26 that Ashraf Ghani has won the country's disputed presidential runoff with more than 55 percent of the vote.
Local officials say hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a district in the strategic Ghazni Province, southwest of Kabul, killing nearly 20 people, including women and children.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he expects that security agreements with the United States and NATO will be signed by Afghanistan's new leadership "in the next few days, after the inauguration of the president-elect."
Lawyers of Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus say that their client has been beaten in pretrial detention.
Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone has killed at least eight militant suspects in the country's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.
Uzbek authorities have barred the wife and a son of exiled opposition leader Bahodir Choriev from entering the country.
Moscow has seen its largest opposition protest since President Vladimir Putin's inauguration to a third presidential term in May 2012.
Afghan officials say the Taliban has killed two high-school students in the northeastern Konar Province after accusing them of spying for the government.