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Kabul explosion: Four dead as Taliban hits government buildings (19.05.2015)

Soon after the explosion, the Taliban said it was responsible, and vowed to carry out more attacks against judges and prosecutors. Tuesday's blast was the third time workers with Afghanistan's Ministry of Justice have been targeted in the last two weeks.

Stress tests for Kazakhstan – ICG briefing (13.05.2015)

Actions in Ukraine have altered how Kazakhstan views Russian intent in the former Soviet Union and increased its sense of vulnerability. In response, the administration of President Nursultan Nazarbayev has undertaken measures to strengthen government, protect economic stability and shut down...

Afghan talks agree on reopening Taliban political office (04.05.2015)

Representatives at preliminary talks aiming to end Afghanistan's long war have agreed that Taliban insurgents should open a political office for negotiations, but disagreement over foreign troops is still hampering prospects for a ceasefire.

Taliban gains pull U.S. units back into fight in Afghanistan (29.04.2015)

Months after President Obama formally declared that the United States’ long war against the Taliban was over … the American military is regularly conducting airstrikes against low-level insurgent forces and sending Special Operations troops directly into harm’s way under the guise of “training and...

OSCE says Kazakh voters had limited choice in election (27.04.2015)

Cornelia Jonker, chief of the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) election observation mission, said in a briefing in Astana on April 27 that the election the previous day, in which officials said Nazarbaev won a fifth term with 97.7 percent of the vote, lacked...

Afghan President orders probe into UN police corruption report (24.04.2015)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the Interior Ministry to investigate why a United Nations-funded report on corruption in the police force was apparently ignored.

Kyrgyz President accepts government's resignation (24.04.2015)

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Joomart Otorbaev and his government. Otorbaev submitted his resignation on April 23 amid renewed controversy over the operations of the country's largest gold mine, Kumtor.

Taliban announce plans to ramp up attacks in Afghanistan (22.04.2015)

The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced the start of its annual spring offensive, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials, as well as military targets, starting on Friday.

Kazakh leader to extend long rule, promises stability (21.04.2015)

President Nursultan Nazarbayev will extend his nearly 26-year rule of Kazakhstan in an election on Sunday which investors hope will maintain stability in the Central Asian state despite criticism of his rights record.

Foreign fighters are spilling into Afghanistan, helping the Taliban (14.04.2015)

Hundreds of foreign militants are fleeing a months-long Pakistani military offensive and seeking sanctuary in Afghanistan, bolstering the ranks of Taliban factions and triggering one of the bloodiest starts to the spring fighting season in years, according to Afghan officials and analysts.