Thursday, October 02, 2014


Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers who have joined government forces to fight Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State take part in a training session near the southern port city of Basra.

Iraqi Line Of Defense Goes Unpaid

Tens of thousands of Iraqis took up the call to battle Islamic State. But after months on the front line many who volunteered for the fight say they have gone unpaid, weakening a needed line of defense against an encroaching enemy. More

Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan designed the poster to promote a gay club in Almaty, Studio 69.

Kazakh Antigay Campaign Deepens Over Same-Sex Kiss Poster

A lawsuit has kicked off in Kazakhstan over a poster featuring Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin and Kazakh composer Qurmanghazy Saghyrbaiuly kissing. The poster has sparked an antigay campaign in the country, with one politician claiming blood tests can be used to identify homosexuals. More

A demonstrator in Moscow protests against a possible Russian Internet blackout or further restrictions on October 1.

Explainer: Can Russia Disconnect From The Internet?

It's every dictator's dream to shut off the Internet at will. But can it actually be done? More

Lawmaker Nestor Shufrych was beaten by a mob in Odesa on September 30 while receiving little help from local police.

Frustrated Ukrainian Activists Dishing Out 'Trash-Bucket Justice'

With Ukraine’s post-Euromaidan purge of corrupt officials still yet to be signed into law, impatient activists are throwing unpopular officials into trash containers in a sometimes violent practice popularized on social networks as the "Trash-Bucket Challenge." More

Yosinkhon Eshonov's son, Yoqub, went to Syria in May, leaving behind his wife and two children.

Tajikistan's 'Jihadist' Village On The Defensive

A small village in northern Tajikistan has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that it was home to a number of suspected jihadists. More


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