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Uzbekistan: In Transition – ICG report (29.09.2016)

Islam Karimov’s death creates uncertainty, first for Uzbekistan but also for neighbours and major powers, all with strong interest in the strategic state’s stability. The transition’s first stage has been smooth. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, prime minister since 2003, has emerged as the main leader,...

Controversial warlord under fire over Afghan peace deal (29.09.2016)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formally signed and put into force a much-touted peace pact with an ethnic Pashtun warlord who has been designated a “global terrorist” by the United States.

Afghanistan signs peace deal with hard-line militant group (22.09.2016)

The Afghan government has signed a draft peace accord with notorious exiled warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for his return after years of fighting the central authorities. A government delegation and a team representing Hekmatyar's Hezb-e Islami militant group signed the document at a...

U.S. senators question aid to Afghanistan amid 'rampant corruption' (16.09.2016)

U.S. senators have warned the Obama administration that failure to address problems with corruption in Afghanistan could lead to a pullback in the embattled country's $5 billion in yearly aid.

Turkmenistan removes legal barrier to leader's indefinite rule (14.09.2016)

Turkmenistan amended its constitution on Wednesday in a way that will allow President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to stay in power indefinitely, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, who ruled the gas-rich Central Asian nation until his death.

Afghan President says peace deal with militant group close (12.09.2016)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said a peace deal with the Hezb-e Islami militant group is close to being finalized, … . … Kabul hopes a deal with Hezb-e Islami can convince the Taliban to end its insurgency and join the political process.

Uzbekistan names interim president (08.09.2016)

Uzbekistan's parliament has appointed Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev as interim president following the death of strongman leader Islam Karimov, setting the long-serving government chief up as the clear favorite to win a five-year term in an election due to held by December.

Taliban fighters enter besieged Afghan city (08.09.2016)

Taliban rebels have fought their way into the besieged capital of Afghanistan’s central Uruzgan province, triggering fierce battles with Afghan security forces, according to local authorities and insurgents.


UN: 93 aid workers abducted in Afghanistan in 2016 (07.09.2016)

The United Nations has warned of a growing threat to aid workers in Afghanistan where it says millions of people are in urgent need of life-saving assistance.