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Scenes From Central Asia’s Forever War

In Kyrgyzstan’s Fergana Valley, ethnic strife, corruption, and poverty collide in the country’s ongoing fight against extremism.

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‘Our Future Will Be Violent Extremism’

Kazakhstan — Central Asia’s most stable state — is waking up to the fact that Islamic extremism has planted its roots and is here to stay.

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Uzbekistan Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Projects, Advocates Say

A new report from Human Rights Watch and Uzbek activists alleges the continued use of forced and child labor in harvesting the Central Asian country’s cotton crop.

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What We Know and Don’t Know About the St. Petersburg Metro Bomber

Important details begin to emerge about the 22-year-old suicide bomber.

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Explosion in St. Petersburg Metro Kills 14, Wounds Over 50

No group has claimed credit for the attack and Russia isn’t blaming terrorism yet.

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New Russian-Language Channel Seeks to Counter Kremlin Spin

Moscow has had a monopoly on Russian-language media — until now.

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Central Asia’s Autocrats Welcome the Age of Trump

The Trump administration’s narrow focus on fighting the Islamic State could see human rights take a back seat as Washington embraces unsavory allies.

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Ex-Russian MP Floats Plan to Restore Russian Monarchy. In the South Pacific.

And all he needs is for the tiny island nation of Kiribati to sign on the dotted line.

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Ukraine and Poland’s History Wars Are a Gift For Putin

A conflict over Eastern Europe’s fraught World War II history is just the kind of self-inflicted wound Moscow is hoping for.

Visitors examine exhibits at the exhibition "The myth of the beloved leader" in the Historical Museum in Moscow on April 2, 2014. The exhibition devoted to the history of the cult of Soviet leaders Lenin and Stalin, presented personal belongings, gifts and works of art from the collection of the former Lenin Museum. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Soviet Union Is Gone, But It’s Still Collapsing

And 5 other unlearned lessons from leading experts about modern Russia and the death of an empire.

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