Azerbaijan has sentenced a pro-democracy activist to 10 years in prison amid an ongoing crackdown on dissenting voices under President Ilham Aliyev's government.
The presidential nominee for Moldova's ruling coalition has withdrawn his candidacy from an upcoming landmark election.
Gunmen have rounded up and shot dead dozens of civilians in central Afghanistan, prompting protests by locals about government failure to protect them.
The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police academy in southwestern Pakistan that left at least 61 people dead.
Dozens of police trainees have been killed and more than 100 wounded in an overnight raid by militants on a police academy in southwest Pakistan, officials said.
Kazakhstan says Ashgabat has suspended visa-free travel for Kazakhs living close to the Turkmen border.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has withdrawn from the ruling coalition in Kyrgyzstan's parliament, meaning that the coalition cabinet of Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov will have to resign.
A gunman has been killed outside a NATO military training center near the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
A high-profile terrorism trial has kicked off in Russia's mostly Muslim-populated region of Tatarstan.
Russia's first-ever publicly displayed statue of the controversial 16th-century tsar, Ivan the Terrible, has been unveiled by authorities in the city of Oryol amid protests by city residents.
Kazakhstan's newly created Ministry of Religious Issues and Civil Society says it is taking steps to ban the Salafi branch of Islam in the country.
Afghan officials say hundreds of members of the Afghanistan's security forces have been killed in recent fighting against Taliban militants in and around Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province.