Friday, August 28, 2015

  • Ghanaian Patrick Twumasi (right) of FC Astana crosses the ball during a game against HJK Helsinki in Astana on August 5.

    FC Astana Splashes Into Champions League

    Soccer fans burst into the streets of the Kazakh capital to celebrate after FC Astana became the first Central Asian team to advance to the group stage of Europe’s exclusive Champions League.

  • Bosnians Hopeful On National Museum

    The National Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina has been shuttered for nearly three years -- a potent symbol of the country's unresolved ethnic divisions. But now supporters are standing up against the politicians.

  • Said Mazhayev (right), a Chechen who returned home purportedly after six months fighting in Syria,  was touted in Russian media as repentant former Islamic State (IS) militant.

    The 'Prodigal Militant' Returns

    Russian media published two very different reports about men from the North Caucasus who returned home allegedly after fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria -- one got 14 years, the other walked free.

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EU, Balkan Leaders Address Refugee Crisisi
August 27, 2015
The leaders of six countries of the Western Balkans met with EU officials at a summit in Vienna on August 27. The influx of refugees into southern Europe was at the top of the agenda.

Video EU, Balkan Leaders Address Refugee Crisis

The leaders of six countries of the Western Balkans met with EU officials at a summit in Vienna on August 27. The influx of refugees into southern Europe was at the top of the agenda.

Video Tajikistan Hosts Joint Military Exercises Targeting Drug Trade

Special forces from the six members countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization held military exercises in Tajikistan designed to improve efforts against drug trafficking, a major cause of instability in the region.

Video Russian Soldiers Sentenced For Murder In Tajikistan

A Russian military court at a base in Tajikistan on August 26 sentenced two Russian servicemen to long prison terms for killing a Tajik taxi driver. One of the defendants confessed the killing followed a dispute over money.

Video Pakistanis Protest Power Rate Hikes

There was outrage on the streets of Peshawar over a 20 fold hike in electricity rates.

Video Afghan Refugees Prepare To Leave Pakistan

More than 200 Afghan refugees in Pakistan prepare to return home under the UN's Voluntary Repatriation Program.

Video Gas Pipeline Explodes in Uzbekistan

More than 30,000 people are without access to natural gas after a massive pipeline explosion outside the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

Video Pakistanis Protest Corruption

Traders in Quetta accuse Pakistan's Frontier Corps of taking bribes on trade goods at the border.

Video China Sends Tractors to Afghanistan

China sends 300 tractors to Afghanistan to help with crop output.

Video Poroshenko Vows To Boost Troop Numbers

At a military parade in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko marked Independence Day with promises of more troops for eastern Ukraine.

Video Ukraine Border Guards Mark Independence Day

Ukrainian border guards greeted hundreds of people crossing from Crimea who were unwilling to celebrate Ukraine's Independence Day on the peninsula, which was annexed by Russia last year.

Video Heavy Rains Cause Casualties In Northwest Pakistan

A bus crash left 30 people injured and flooding caused other casualties as heavy rains inundated parts of northwest Pakistan on August 21.

Video Pakistan's Vaccination Push

Authorities in Pakistan's tribal region have launched an ambitious 12-day vaccination drive to protect up to 180,000 children from the measles virus.


Photogallery Afghan Refugees Flock Home Amid Crackdown In Pakistan

Almost 90,000 Afghan refugees have headed home from Pakistan in recent months. Many claim to have been beaten by police, detained, and evicted from their homes in Pakistan, which has set a December 31 deadline for their return to Afghanistan.

Video Migrants Teargassed At Greek-Macedonian Border

Macedonian riot police fired tear gas into crowds of migrants and refugees to cope with the growing surge of people trying to enter the country at its southern border with Greece. Here is our report on the unfolding human drama.

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