Friday, July 31, 2015


The Olympic logo for Almaty, which hopes to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Some say the city derives its name from the Kazakh word for "apple" and the surrounding region is believed to be the ancestral home of the now widely cultivated fruit.

Photogallery By The Numbers: Almaty's Winter Olympics Bid

What would make Almaty's hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics a historic milestone? How many minutes would it take athletes to travel to most competition areas? Here's a rundown of the answers to these and other questions ahead of the July 31 decision on whether Almaty or Beijing will host the games. More

Afghan authorities have announced that Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in 2013.

Can A Dead Mullah Omar Kill Taliban Peace Talks?

The Afghan government says Taliban leader Mullah Omar's absence will pave the way toward peace. But skeptics counter that his death could in fact complicate the peace process. More

Photo Gallery: Working On Almaty's Olympic Bid

Photogallery Mixed Feelings About Almaty 2022 Bid

As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides between Almaty and Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, many Kazakhs are excited about the prospect. But others say the investment required to sell Almaty as a suitable site would be better spent improving living standards. More

Former Soviet dissident and veteran Russian human rights activist Sergei Kovalyov says the Cold War did not end with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Commentary: Pride Versus Prejudice In The West

Throughout its history, my country -- the Soviet Union -- conducted cruel and arbitrary mass purges; participated in international political terrorism; fostered new totalitarian regimes; committed aggression; and violated fundamental principles of law. Russia has returned to that behavior. More

Even before news broke of Mullah Omar's death, there was mounting speculation of a power struggle within the Taliban, which has had only one leader since its formation in the early 1990s.

Can The Taliban Survive Mullah Omar's Death?

The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan faces an uncertain future after the announcement by Kabul that its spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has been dead for more than two years. More


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