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Tracking Islamic State
LIVE Follow all of the latest developments as they happen.
How Russia Is Ruled
It's pretty much impossible to ignore Ramzan Kadyrov -- and he knows it. And whether he is Vladimir Putin's loose cannon or his loaded pistol, the rambunctious Chechen leader has become an integral part of Russia's political system.
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?
Pussy Riot, the Russian punk rock collective of fierce Kremlin critics, is now going after the man that lords over Moscow's version of justice -- Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika.
A leading Belarusian opposition activist says the European Union must continue to pressure the ex-Soviet country's authoritarian president over his record on human rights and civil liberties despite a thaw between Minsk and Brussels.
Blogging Central Asia
Hazrat Juraev was 36 years old the last time he saw Uzbekistan. He really didn't want to leave the country then, and now he's afraid to return.
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Left with few options to legally highlight state repression in Iran, Mohammad Maleki and Mohammad Nurizad settled on a seemingly innocuous form of public protest -- collecting garbage from the streets of Tehran. That's not a crime. Or is it?
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