Saturday, March 07, 2015


Turkish police at the scene in Istanbul where Umarali Quvatov was shot from close range on March 5.

Slaying Of Tajik Opposition Leader Draws Nemtsov Comparisons

Following the killing of a wanted Tajik opposition leader on the streets of Istanbul, it didn't take long for fellow oppositionists to draw comparisons to the recent assassination of Boris Nemtsov in Russia. More

Reporter's Notebook: How Putin's Television Covered The Nemtsov Killing

Russian national television gave the killing of Boris Nemtsov wall-to-wall coverage. It was a strange sight, considering announcers said endlessly that he was a marginal figure and he hadn't really appeared on national television in many years. More

Police arrests opposition activist Boris Nemtsov during the "March of Millions" protest in Moscow in May 2012.

Nemtsov Relative Believes One Word May Have Cost Politician His Life

A relative of Boris Nemtsov is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering the opposition politician's murder and says a coarse insult could have served as motive. More

A Pakistani health worker administers polio drops to a child during a polio vaccination campaign in Peshawar on March 3.

Pakistan Uses 'Iron Fist' In Polio Fight

Defying threats by the Taliban and protests by anti-vaccine parents, Pakistani authorities are taking the gloves off in the fight to eradicate polio. More

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters reload a weapon during clashes with Islamic State as part of an offensive to reclaim the city of Tikrit from IS militants on March 2.

Iran's Role In Iraq's Fight Against IS

As the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants intensifies, Iran's military role has become increasingly evident. More


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