Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of shooting down a Russian warplane in order to protect the Islamic State’s lucrative oil trade, the latest in a series of inflammatory statements made by Moscow against Ankara.
Kosovo's opposition says it will begin street protests in an effort to force the government to cancel deals with Serbia and Montenegro after its lawmakers were barred from parliament after using tear gas to end a session.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he expects the alliance to maintain the current level of forces in Afghanistan through 2016. His comment came during an exclusive interview at NATO headquarters in Brussels with RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan correspondent Mustafa Sarwar.
The Spiritual Board of Muslims of Daghestan has performed a bizarre U-turn over the appointment of a new imam for one of two Makhachkala mosques whose predominantly Salafi congregations are routinely harassed by police and security personnel.