Russia and Israel signed a deal on Thursday on mutual visa-free travel, as part of the Russian foreign minister's visit to the country.
The U.S president said he hoped an agreement could be reached between Russia and the United States on Washington's missile defense plans for Central Europe.
Lawmakers in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia signed a statement on Thursday accusing Tblisi of military aggression, and warning that war could break out in the Caucasus.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday he wants better ties with the European Union, but cannot accept the bloc's unquestioning obedience to the United States.
A decision to permit U.S. arms deliveries to Kosovo is "another profoundly mistaken step" by Washington, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said on Thursday.
Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah failed at Yemeni-brokered talks on Thursday to overcome their differences, but agreed to start dialogue in early April, Al Arabiya television station reported.
Russia may allow its land and airspace to be used as a transit route for NATO-led counter-terrorism operation supplies to Afghanistan, a senior defense official said on Thursday.
Belarus's Foreign Ministry has advised the U.S. to halve the number of its diplomats in Minsk, ministry spokesman Andrei Popov said Thursday.
PepsiCo and the Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) are to jointly acquire a 75.5% stake in the Russian Lebedyansky juice company for $1.4 billion, the company said on its website on Thursday. v
The US Vice President has hold a phone conversation with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, during which he congratulated Ukrainians with "successful, orderly, democratic elections" and discussed the gas issue, international financial aid to Ukraine.
According to the EU Energy Commissioner, Ukraine has confirmed its readiness to pay off $1.451 billion in Russian gas debt immediately and also pay for at least 4 billion cubic meters of Russian gas with Russia agreed to give Ukraine a $100 per 1,000 cubic meters discount until March 2015.
The World Bank Group will allocate additional $100 million to fill a critical gap in the Ebola response, deploying foreign health workers to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
The American economy is recovering, but still remains vulnerable; interest rates need to be kept low until the recovery is stronger, according to Professor from the George Washington University's School of Business (GWUSB).