Russian investigators have searched homes of several employees of a charitable foundation funded by exiled Kremlin critic and ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
The Taliban has taken control of a strategic district in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.
A loud explosion has rocked central Kabul, followed by bursts of gunfire.
Bosnia-Herzegovina's autonomous Serbian region says it will halt cooperation with the state court, prosecutor's office, and police in objection to the arrest of war crimes suspects.
Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet has picked up its 2015 Nobel Peace Prize at a formal ceremony in Oslo, with a leader of one of the four members of the group saying that the fight against terrorism has become an "absolute priority."
Prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus has been freed from prison due to her deteriorating health, although she and her fellow activist husband still face treason charges.
Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says 37 civilians have been killed and another 35 people injured at the main military base in southern Afghanistan since Taliban militants stormed the sprawling facility shortly after sundown on December 8.
Azerbaijani media report that one person has died and at least 30 workers are missing after a fire broke out on an oil rig in the Caspian Sea.
Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian ex-president who now governs the Odesa region in Ukraine, says Tbilisi's decision to strip him of his Georgian citizenship is politically motivated.
A Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher and office director in Bishkek who was banned this week from reentering the country has described the move as "interference" into the the global rights watchdog's activities.
Seven residents of Tajikistan's southwestern Shahrtuz district have been jailed for raising the Islamic State (IS) extremist organization's flag in a public place.
At least 3,000 protesters have rallied in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, against proposed constitutional reforms they say could extend President Serzh Sarkisian's hold on power.