Are Central Asian migrants in Russia a recruiting ground for Islamic State?

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Concerns have fast grown in Russia and in the republics of Central Asia over extent of possible Islamic State (IS) influence. Out of an estimated 20,000 foreign recruits fighting for IS and other extremist groups in Iraq and Syria it is believed that close to 2,000 are Russian nationals and approximately 1,500 come from the
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The Air Tragedy That Condemned Putin’s Russia

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It was a year ago last Friday (July 17) that the Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine, resulting in a loss of 298 lives. The shock of that tragedy awakened Europe and the wider global community to the grave risk
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Kim Jong Un Testing Anthrax On His Own People?

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Did Pyongyang accidentally release pictures of its WMD labs? Or was the Kim regime making a not-so-subtle threat? North Korea on Monday invited every member of the U.S. Congress to inspect the Pyongyang Bio-Technical Institute. “Come here right now, with all the 535 members of the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as
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Georgia: Russia Occupies BP Oil Pipeline

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Continuing its game of redrawing borders, Russia has grabbed a 1.5-kilometer-long slice of a critical oil export pipeline in Georgia for the separatist territory of South Ossetia, leaving Tbilisi, once again, calling for the international community to come to the rescue. Russian troops, who, since the 2008 war with Georgia, have been drawing lines as
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Seoul: North Korea media confirms purging of defense chief

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has officially confirmed the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul’s spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean official said Monday. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in May that People’s Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong
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New pipeline project could triple Caspian gas imports to Europe

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BUILDING a Trans-Caspian Pipeline would allow the European Union to triple gas imports from the Caspian region in five years. The first gas supplies from Turkmenistan could arrive in Europe in four years, if the plans go ahead, writes World Review expert Dr Frank Umbach. The EU, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan adopted a joint declaration
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Kazakhstan and the “Russian World”: Is a New Intervention on the Horizon?

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Russia’s annexation of Crimea and subsequent support for separatists in eastern Ukraine gave rise to fears that this scenario could be repeated elsewhere. Especially worrisome is the fact that the intervention was justified by the alleged need to protect ethnic Russians, and Russian foreign policy in general has become increasingly focused on the idea of
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Kremlin Convenes Anti-Western Gatherings

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Russia kicked off three days of high-level summitry on July 8, hosting leaders of several Asian and developing countries that it hopes will form the foundation of a new, non-Western world order. Leaders of countries including China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Pakistan, Iran, and most of the Central Asian states gathered in the central Russian
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Russia ‘deeply concerned’ over Ukraine’s decentralisation plan

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Russia expressed “deep concern” today (2 July) over Ukraine’s plans to decentralise power as part of a peace deal with separatist rebels, underlining the gulf between Moscow and Kyiv as the conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire. Differing interpretations of a February peace agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, to end the fighting in Ukraine’s eastern regions, have
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Armenia Wants Best of Both Worlds

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Six months ago, it looked like Armenia had made a final, definitive choice to align itself with Russia rather than the European Union. But now the government in Yerevan seems to be reaching out to Brussels again and seeking something like the kind of Association Agreement that it abandoned nearly two years ago – and
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