Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was "taken aback" by accusations leveled at Donald Trump Jr. over his meeting with a Russian lawyer.
U.S. and Ukrainian ships have been conducting operations in the Black Sea port of Odesa, joining with forces from 15 other countries in the annual Sea Breeze exercises.
In Azerbaijan, being openly gay can mean dealing with insults, threats, and even violence. Rights groups have singled out the country's government for failing to protect its LGBT community. One young woman in Baku described her experiences after coming out to her family and university classmates.
Respondents to an informal street poll in Moscow named Gregorii Yavlinsky, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Sergei Glazyev, Gennady Zyuganov, Mikhail Khazin, and Lenin. One person denounced Aleksei Navalny, one said no one could win against Vladimir Putin, and one said it’s “scary” to think “that in such a large country there is no opponent.” (Russian Service)
The NATO-Russia Council, convening in Brussels for the second time this year, is expected to address measures to reduce tensions and risks resulting from incidents involving maneuvering by warplanes over the Baltic Sea.
The Kremlin has criticized the U.S. government's decision not to buy products from Russia's Kaspersky Lab as "politicized," while the company said it had fallen victim to a "geopolitical brawl."
A Russian court on July 13 sentenced five men convicted of killing opposition politician Boris Nemtsov to prison terms ranging from 11 to 20 years.
Yandex and Uber taxi services have announced a joint venture that will operate in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. Uber will invest $225 million and Yandex will invest $100 million in the merger, with Yandex owning almost 60 percent of the company. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
About 20 leading nongovernmental organizations in Moldova have issued a public statement urging the government not to adopt a proposed ban on foreign funding for NGOs that are involved in "political activity."
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni opened an EU-Western Balkans summit on July 12 in the the northern port city of Trieste -- the fourth such meeting since 2014.
A new trial has begun in the case of a wealthy Kazakh businessman with close ties to Russia who was sentenced in November to 21 years in prison for attempting to overthrow the government.
Rajabbi Khurshed’s mother has called her daughter a victim of "slander and violence," after the young bride, scorned by her new husband over a virginity test, took her own life.
Tajikistan on July 12 released a book of President Emomali Rahmon's wit and wisdom, extending the strongman's personality cult in the Central Asian nation.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyaev has signed an executive order requiring the government to propose new documents for citizens traveling abroad.
Turkmenistan has announced that state funding for television and radio programs produced by the State Committee for Television, Broadcasting and Cinematography will be phased out over a period of four years beginning in 2018. The decision, which would affect a key propaganda tool, has surprised experts, although some say the country simply cannot afford to continue such funding under current economic conditions. (in Russian, Turkmen Service)