The Russian Foreign Ministry says that "several dozen" citizens of Russia and other former Soviet republics who are not members of the military were wounded in a recent battle with U.S.-led forces in Syria.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has condemned remarks by Iranian officials calling for the eradication of Israel.
Iran's official IRNA news agency says the foreign ministry has summoned Sweden's ambassador over the Nordic country decision to grant citizenship to an Iranian researcher who is in jail in Tehran.
A demonstration by dervishes protesting against the arrest of one of them has led to violent clashes with the police. Three policemen are reported dead.