Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Confirmation of Mullah Mohammad Omar's death could test the unity of the militant group, which has only had one leader.

Profile: Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar

The Afghan government has made a surprise announcement, saying it's investigating reports of the long-suspected death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Afghan Taliban. We look back at the life of the reclusive militant leader. More

A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fires toward Islamic State (IS) militants on the southern outskirts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh last week.

What Can A Safe Zone In Northern Syria Accomplish?

A reported Turkish-U.S. agreement to create an Islamic State-free zone in northern Syria offers both benefits and risks. More

Kabul shopkeeper Iqbal says he sells dozens of cans of alcohol-free beer every day, mostly to young men and taxi drivers.

Kabul Vendors Buzzing Over Alcohol-Free Beer

With alcohol forbidden in Afghanistan's strict Islamic society, nonalcoholic beer has become a popular thirst-quencher in the capital. More

Perm-36 is located in a forest about 75 kilometers from the city of Perm. It served as a labor camp for criminals and political prisoners throughout most of the Soviet period, until 1988. In 1992, a group of academics and activists created the Museum of Political Repressions there.

Photogallery New Management At The Gulag Museum

After local authorities in Perm took over control of Russia's only gulag museum, a visit to the revamped exhibition revealed an unexpected take on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's labor camps. More

Russian anticorruption campaigner Roman Borisovich (left) and journalist Natalie Sedletska (center) exposed the grim underbelly of some London property dealings in the documentary From Russia With Cash.

Video Russian Money Laundering In Britain: From Documentary To Hashtag...To Reform?

A British documentary film exposing the complicity of London real-estate agents and others in laundering criminal money from Russia has set off a social-media campaign aimed at ending the United Kingdoms's role as handmaiden to "the global looting machine." More


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