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Tracking Islamic State
A new Islamic State (IS) group media wing is targeting women who want to take part in the "jihad" in Syria and Iraq, with courses in how to be good companions and wives to IS militants. More
How Russia Is Ruled
It's long been a dysfunctional marriage of convenience between Vladimir Putin and Russia's nationalists -- and the strains are growing. More
Regional Smoke Detector
Few observers seriously believed that the Paris talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders would yield significant progress, let alone a breakthrough, in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But a softening of Baku's negotiating position is one of several reasons why the meeting may herald a new phase in the talks. More
At least one of the "horrifying images of events in Donbas" that Russian media aired on the eve of the Ukrainian vote to highlight suffering in that conflict-torn country predates the Ukraine conflict by nearly two decades, and was actually a mass grave of Russian civilians. More
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region. More
Facebook and other social media have been partially blocked in Tajikistan for the third time this month. More
Blogging Central Asia
Adalat and her mother said they have been to the mayor's office and the district administration "10 or 15 times" seeking state help. On one recent visit to the district administration building, Adalat's mother said she tried to explain "with tears in my eyes" how desperate her daughter' plight was and she pleaded for help. "They kicked us out and said 'you live where you live,'" Adalat's mother said. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
As Iran's parliament debates a bill that would give protection to citizens who take it upon themselves to defend Islamic values, critics warn that they risk fueling tension and normalizing violence against women. More
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