Ruslan Amerkhanov, the construction minister of the restive North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, has been shot dead in his own office. The Russian republic's pro-Kremlin authorities are battling an increasingly deadly Islamist insurgency.
A journalist for a local Avar-language newspaper, Khakikat, was shot dead in Russia's mainly Muslim republic of Dagestan. The body of Malik Akhmedilov was found with gunshot wounds to the stomach, a police spokesman told AFP.
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya, back at the Honduran border, has promised to keep defying the conservative-backed coup that sent him into exile and called on the US to impose sanctions on his country's military and civilian leaders.
A 23 year-old Honduran man was found dead on a road leading to the border with Nicaragua, a day after he was arrested after demonstrating in favour of ousted Nicaraguan president Manuel Zelaya (photo) at the border town of El Paraiso.
In this edition: the murder of Natalia Estemirova shocks the world, as Chechnya remains a dangerous place; marital problems for men in Spain and Germany; a focus on the anger of European milk producers.
Ten policemen were arrested and are being held in preventative detention in connection with the killing of 12 federal police officers. Investigators suspect the men arrested of acting in support of the Michoacan "La Familia" drug cartel.
Russian rights group Memorial has suspended operations in Chechnya following the murder of prominent activist Natalya Estemirova, which the group's head has blamed on pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzon Kadyrov.
Natalia Estemirova was scheduled to give an interview to a team from FRANCE 24 at 8am on the morning she was abducted. Witnesses have reportedly said they saw Estemirova being bundled into a car on her way to the meeting.
The abduction and murder of a leading human rights activist has shined a spotlight on the continuing violence in Chechnya and the risks faced by those who try to document rights abuses in the former Soviet republic.
Russian human rights watchdog Memorial has accused Chechnya’s Moscow-backed President Ramzam Kadyrov of being responsible for the death of a leading human rights activist investigating abuses in the former Soviet republic.