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Dead Body Of Transgender Person Found In Peshawar

Pakistani police say the body of a transgender person bearing signs of torture was found in the northwestern city of Peshawar, the latest attack targeting the marginalized community in the conservative Muslim country.

Pakistani Security Forces Say Eight 'Terrorists' Killed In Karachi Raid

Pakistan's security forces say they have killed eight militants in a raid in the southern port city of Karachi.

Majlis Podcast: Now That The Money Is Gone -- Turkmenistan After AIMAG

The latest Majlis podcast looks at the situation in Turkmenistan now that the Asian Indoor and Martial Games that the country hosted have ended.

Germany's Goerges Defeats Russia's Kasatkina For Kremlin Cup Tennis Title

Germany's Julia Goerges defeated Daria Kasatkina of Russia to win the Kremlin Cup WTA tennis championship in Moscow.

Populist Babis's Party Scores Big Victory In Czech Parliament Elections

Populist Andrej Babis's centrist ANO movement has won a decisive victory in the Czech Republic's parliamentary elections, paving the way for the billionaire to become the country's next prime minister.

Kosovo Voters Go To Polls For Local Elections

Voters in Kosovo are heading to the polls on October 22 in an election to choose mayors and councilors in 38 municipalities, in another step in the young republic's effort to solidify its democratic credentials.

Preliminary Election Results Show Ex-Footballer Kaladze Winning Big In Tbilisi

Near-final results of Tbilisi's mayoral election show that former AC Milan footballer Kakha Kaladze of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition is far ahead of the pack and may avoid the need for a runoff.

RFE/RL Condemns 'Intimidation' Of One Of Its Journalists In Ukraine

RFE/RL has condemned what it calls the "intimidation' of one of its journalists in Ukraine, calling it part of "a pattern of threats and harassment" targeting its investigative reporters in the country.

Tillerson Arrives In Saudi Arabia For Joint Talks With Iraqi Officials

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived in Riyadh to attend a meeting between officials from Saudi Arabia and Iraq in the start of a six-day tour that will also take him to Qatar, Pakistan, and India.

Russian Opposition Politician Navalny Released From Detention, Heads For Astrakhan Rally

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has been released from a detention center in Moscow after serving a 20-day term for organizing unsanctioned protests against President Vladimir Putin.

Voters Going To Polls In Kosovo To Select Mayors, Municipal Councilors

Voters in Kosovo are heading to the polls on October 22 in an election to choose mayors and councilors in 38 municipalities, in another step in the young republic's effort to solidify its democratic credentials.

Georgia Exit Polls Indicate Ex-Footballer Kaladze Winning Big In Tbilisi Mayor's Race

Exit polls in Georgia are indicating that former AC Milan footballer Kakha Kaladze of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition is far ahead of the pack in the Tbilisi mayor's race and may avoid the need for a runoff.

Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 15 Afghan Cadets, Defense Ministry Says

Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says a suicide bomber killed at least 15 Afghan cadets as they were leaving a military training center in Kabul, late in the afternoon of October 21.

Fresh Protests In Barcelona As Spain Moves To Remove Catalan Leaders

Large crowds of protesters have taken to the streets in Barcelona after the Spanish prime minister announced plans to remove Catalonia's leaders and take control of the separatist region.

Hundreds Rally In Minsk To Condemn Hazing In Army And Tax On 'Social Parasites'

Several hundred people took part in a protest rally in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on October 21 to condemn hazing in the armed forces.

Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 15 Afghan Cadets, Defense Ministry Says

Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says a suicide bomber killed at least 15 Afghan cadets as they were leaving a military training center in Kabul, late in the afternoon on October 21.

'A Park Isn't A Graveyard': Tajikistan Secretly Reburies Remains Of The Elite

Tajik authorities have quietly reburied the remains of several prominent figures after digging them up from a small cemetery inside a Dushanbe park. The relatives say they found out about the burials only after they happened.

Spain To Suspend Catalonia's Government, Calls For Elections

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on October 21 that he would restrict the powers of the parliament in Catalonia, sack its government, and call an election within six months in an attempt to stop its leaders from declaring independence.

Let Them Play Golf: Destitute Turkmen Get Designer Golf Course

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has unveiled Turkmenistan's first golf course -- to a nation that doesn't play the sport and is struggling to make ends meet.

G7 Governments Set 'Alliance' With Tech Giants To Fight Online Extremist Content

Governments of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations say they will work with global technology giants in an effort to block the spread of Internet propaganda by Islamic extremist groups.

Police Say Four People Injured In Munich Knife Attack

The southern German city of Munich was on alert on October 21 after a knife attacker injured four people.

More Than 50 Egyptian Police Killed In Clash With Islamic Militants

At least 54 Egyptian policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, have been killed in a shoot-out during a raid on an Islamic militant hideout southwest of Cairo, security officials said on October 21.

Police Say 5 People Injured In Munich Knife Attack

The southern German city of Munich was on alert on October 21 after a knife attacker injured people in five locations throughout the city.

Serbs Demand 'Fair And Democratic' Elections In Belgrade Protest

In a protest organized by the opposition Movement of Free Citizens on October 20, demonstrators in Belgrade demanded a "fair and democratic" vote with respect for media freedom in local elections that are due in March 2018. Held on the official day marking the liberation of Belgrade in World War ...

At Least 52 Egyptian Police Killed In Clash With Islamic Militants

At least 52 Egyptian policemen were killed and six more wounded in a shoot-out during a raid on an Islamic militant hideout in the country's Western Desert on October 20, security officials said.

Poroshenko Vows Push To Create Anticorruption Court By Year's End

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to push for legislation creating an anticorruption court by the end of the year, in an apparent response to demands from Western allies as well as protesters camped outside parliament in Kyiv.

Iraqi Forces Retake Control Of Last District In Kirkuk Province From Kurds

Iraqi forces on October 20 took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said.

Georgians Voting In Municipal Elections

Georgians are casting their votes in local and municipal polls that will elect 58 municipal and district heads, and five mayors, in Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, Poti, and Rustavi and choose 2,058 members for 64 local councils.

U.S.-Backed Forces Tout 'Historic Victory' Over IS In Its Former Raqqa 'Capital'

U.S.-backed forces hailed a "historic victory" on October 20 after expelling the extremist group Islamic State from its self-declared "capital" of Raqqa in Syria, and said they would soon hand power to a civilian administration.

Iranian General Reportedly Played Key Role In Swift Takeover Of Iraq's Kirkuk

A top Iranian military commander traveled to northern Iraq to urge Kurdish leaders to withdraw from Kirkuk in a move that Kurdish officials said played an important role in enabling Iraq's government to swiftly retake control of the city from Kurds this week.

Poroshenko Vows Push To Create Anticorruption Court By Year's End

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to push for legislation creating an anticorruption court by the end of the year, in an apparent response to demands from Western allies as well as protesters camped outside parliament in Kyiv.

Report: NATO Insufficiently Ready In Case Of Russian Attack

NATO would not be able to rebuff a potential Russian attack on its eastern flank, according to an internal report cited on October 20 by German weekly Der Spiegel.

Deadly Suicide Bombing Strikes Shi'ite Mosque In Kabul

People rushed to help the victims after a suicide bomber attacked a Shi'ite mosque in western Kabul on October 20, leaving dozens dead and wounded. A separate attack on a Sunni mosque in the central Afghan province of Ghor claimed more casualties the same day. Note: Contains graphic images.

Report: 'Unacceptably High' Number Of Afghans Flee Military Training In U.S.

Afghan soldiers and police who train in the United States go "absent without leave," or AWOL, at far higher rates than those of any other country, possibly jeopardizing efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog says.

NATO Leaders Set To Meet In July 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts will meet for a summit in Brussels in July 2018.

Russia Formally Hands Over MiG Warplanes To Serbia To Mark Liberation Day

Russia has formally handed over six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, as part of ceremonies marking the World War II liberation of Belgrade.

Kyrgyzstan Cancels $100 Million In Aid From Kazakhstan, Amid Tensions

Kyrgyzstan's government is moving to cancel an agreement under which it would have received some $100 million in aid from Kazakhstan to bring its infrastructure up to the standards of the Eurasian Economic Union .

At Least 72 Dead After Two Attacks On Mosques In Afghanistan

Afghan officials say suicide bombers have killed at least 72 people in two attacks on mosques in Afghanistan, as sectarian- and terror-related violence continues to surge in the war-torn country.

Russia Formally Hands Over MiG-29 Fighter Jets To Serbia

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attended a ceremony in Belgrade to formally present six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia. Russia donated the jets at no charge, but Serbia is funding their repair and modernization.

Kurdish Forces Lose Battle With Iraqi Troops

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battled Iraqi troops on October 20 in the northernmost part of Kirkuk Province. News agencies reported the Peshmerga were driven from the town of Altun Kupri, the last district they controlled in the oil-rich province. The fighting came three weeks after the autonomous ...

Ksenia And Aleksei

The relationship between Aleksei Navalny and Ksenia Sobchak has become ground zero for the hopes of the Russian opposition.

Uzbekistan Frees A Few Activists, But Critics Need More Convincing To Get Behind Mirziyoev 'Thaw'

Nearly a dozen former political prisoners are finally back home with their families, and thousands more Uzbeks are off security blacklists. But rights groups and other observers say the moves don't constitute major reforms just yet.

Top Georgian Footballer Faces Backlash Over LGBT Armband

Decorated national team skipper's armband highlights struggle LGBT community faces in deeply religious Georgia.

Russia's Rosneft To Take Controlling Stake Of Iraqi Kurdish Oil Pipeline

Russia's state-owned Rosneft oil company says it has agreed with the government of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to take a controlling stake in the region's main oil export pipeline.

Podcast: Ukraine's Third Revolution

Can Ukraine move from oligarchic pluralism to real pluralism? Listen to this week's Power Vertical Podcast.

EU, Citing Backtracking On Human Rights, To Cut Aid For Turkey's Membership Bid

European Union leaders have agreed to reduce financial assistance for helping Turkey get ready for EU membership due to Ankara's backtracking on commitments to the rule of law and human rights, EU leaders said on October 20.

Georgia's President Reluctantly Signs Constitutional Amendments

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has reluctantly signed constitutional amendments that he had vetoed on October 9 -- including provisions that transform the country into a parliamentary system where the president is elected by lawmakers rather than directly by voters.

Georgian Ruling Party Accused Of Planning To Rig Municipal Elections

In the run-up to the Georgian municipal elections scheduled for October 21, the ruling Georgian Dream party has been accused of resorting to the use of administrative resources and pressure to ensure victory for its own candidates.

Warming Uzbek-Iranian Relations Worth Watching

A recent meeting of officials from Uzbekistan and Iran was a curious event.

Pro-Ukrainian Russian Activist Released After Two Years At Penal Colony

A Russian activist imprisoned for Internet posts criticizing Russia's interference in Ukraine has been released from a penal colony after serving her two-year sentence.