Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian said in Yerevan on March 1 that his country will accomplish all necessary tasks by mid-April in order to join the CIS Customs Union, which also includes Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid has announced a monthlong cease-fire in an attempt to allow the resumption of stalled peace talks with Pakistan's government.
Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca says tensions between pro-Russian Crimeans and pro-European Ukrainians are reminiscent to Moldovans of their own separatist conflict involving Transdniester.
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed concern about the human rights situation in the country after the NATO troops' withdrawal this year.
Taliban militants in Afghanistan have reportedly killed at least three Turkmen border guards in the northwestern province of Baghdis.
A long march devoted to raising awareness of human rights violations in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan has reached the northeastern city of Rawalpindi, near the capital, Islamabad.
Religious groups in Pakistan have formed an anti-Taliban alliance at a gathering in the eastern city of Lahore.
The European Parliament, meeting in Strasbourg, has voted to lift visa requirements for citizens of Moldova.
The demonstrators burned a portrait of a well-known Kyrgyz gay-rights activist, saying he and others were "destroying traditional Kyrgyz family values."
Parliament in Ukraine's autonomous Crimean Republic has dismissed the republic's government and scheduled a vote on the peninsula's future.
In a rare announcement, the Belarusian Investigative Committee said that a number of top managers at the state-run Bellegprom light-industry concern and a spinning mill in the western city of Slonim were arrested.
Afghanistan's Defense Ministry has dismissed nine army officers for negligence after the Taliban killed more than 20 soldiers at an army outpost near Pakistan's border.