Ukraine says that a Russian opposition activist known for being repeatedly detained for protesting against President Vladimir Putin's rule has asked Kyiv to grant him political asylum.
The leader of the unregistered opposition party Algha (Forward), Vladimir Kozlov, has been released on parole.
A Yerevan appeals court has granted bail to another leading member of the Heritage opposition party who was charged in connection with his participation at a recent rally.
An Armenian court has finished hearings in the high-profile case of a Russian soldier accused of killing an Armenian family of seven.
The U.S. envoy in Kyiv says Ukrainians will overcome their current difficulties of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, corruption, and financial problems because they have survived so many major crises in recent years.
A Yerevan appeals court has granted bail to the deputy chairman of the opposition Heritage party, who was charged in connection with a recent rally.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has proposed to parliament a mass amnesty law that would release more than 12,000 convicts.
Armenia's opposition Heritage party has pulled out of local elections because of the recent arrests of its three leading members.
A court in Russia has refused to grant early release on parole to a Russian activist in the southern region of Krasnodar who was jailed on charges of propagating extremism and separatism via the Internet.
Kazakh officials say a police officer has died after sustaining gunshot wounds in an attack last month.
Tensions are reportedly high among residents of northern Crimea as long convoys of heavy Russian weaponry continue to be sighted not far from the occupied peninsula's border with the Ukrainian mainland.
A suicide bomber has killed at least 70 people at the main gate of a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where lawyers had gathered to honor a prominent colleague who was shot dead earlier the same morning, authorities said.