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OSCE/ODIHR opens election observation mission for parliamentary elections in Tajikistan (20.01.2015)

The mission is led by Miklos Haraszti and consists of a core team of 14 experts based in Dushanbe. In addition, 16 long-term observers from OSCE participating States will be deployed throughout the country in teams of two, from 24 January 2015. In addition, ODIHR will request 150 short-term...

Political eites cling on as new election cycle starts (14.01.2015)

Observers fear parliamentary elections this November could destabilize and further fracture Kyrgyzstan, as officials – including the secretive coterie surrounding President Almazbek Atambayev – scramble to accumulate power.

President Ashraf Ghani unveils unity government (12.01.2015)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has unveiled his unity cabinet more than three months after he was sworn in.

Afghan officials: Islamic State group operating in south (12.01.2015)

Afghan officials confirmed for the first time Monday that the extremist Islamic State group is active in the south, recruiting fighters, flying black flags and, according to some sources, even battling Taliban militants.

Deadly Taliban attacks continue in Afghanistan (07.01.2015)

Afghan authorities say a group of Taliban suicide bombers attacked a police academy in an eastern region Wednesday, shortly after insurgents killed six construction workers and a judge elsewhere in the strife-torn country.

U.S. military says no change in Afghan withdrawal timeline (06.01.2015)

The U.S. military says the timeline for further decreases in troop numbers in Afghanistan has not changed after President Ashraf Ghani suggested the plans should be "reexamined."

Uzbekistan holds runoff elections for parliament (04.01.2015)

Uzbekistan held a second round of parliamentary elections in 22 districts where no candidate received the needed amount of votes to win outright in the December 21 first round.

Bundestag stimmt für neue Afghanistan-Mission (18.12.2014)

Die Bundeswehr wird auch nach dem Ende des Isaf-Mandates der Nato ab 2015 mit bis zu 850 Soldaten in Afghanistan verbleiben.

Uzbekistan gears up to vote for rubberstamp parliament (17.12.2014)

Uzbekistan's parliamentary elections on December 21 will offer voters a choice, but no hope for change.

EU confirms wide fraud in Afghan presidential runoff election (16.12.2014)

A new report by European Union election observers on Tuesday supports some of the most stark estimates of systematic electoral fraud in the Afghan presidential runoff election in June, and says an earlier audit of the voting invalidated only a small fraction of suspect votes.