Vladimir Putin says he will not remain Russia's president for life, but will step down in line with the Russian constitution.
A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station.
Workers have recovered all of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, more than four months after the passenger jet was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.
Afghanistan's parliament has approved a bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year.