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Tracking Islamic State
LIVE Follow all of the latest developments as they happen.
How Russia Is Ruled
NATO's moves to bolster Europe's defenses were a big step toward deterring Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. But meeting Moscow's broader challenge to the West will require more than a military approach.
Regional Smoke Detector
Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov has elevated his long-standing feud with his Ingush counterpart, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, to a new level by overtly siding with Ingushetia's mufti, Issa-hadji Khamkhoyev, whose resignation Yevkurov called for in late December.
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Why would a university in eastern Uzbekistan try to impose a Soviet-era term for its professors? And where might it stop?
In the face of a social media backlash, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is defending his decision to demolish dozens of kiosks overnight on February 9.
Russian authorities that control Crimea have arrested at least nine Crimean Tatars after a series of raids on their homes on the Russian-occupied peninsula.
Blogging Central Asia
RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports that during the first nine months of 2015, some 19,000 Russians left Kazakhstan to take advantage of the Russian government's program to resettle ethnic Russians still living in other former Soviet republics. And currently, there are long lines outside the Russian Embassy in Astana and the waiting list for an appointment for resettlement is months long.
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
The capture of 10 U.S. sailors by Iranian forces last month was reenacted at rallies in Iran celebrating the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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