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COMMENTARY: China needs to talk to G20 leaders about fighting terror


Within the span of 24 hours, two unexpected events in Central Asia earlier this week may finally have dragged China into the global struggle against terrorism.  

Uzbek President Karimov has died: diplomatic sources

ALMATY Islam Karimov, authoritarian president of ex-Soviet Uzbekistan for more than 25 years, has died, officials confirmed on Friday, and in an early sign of who might succeed him, his prime minister was designated mourner-in-chief at his funeral.

World, Sep 02 2016

Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan hit by suspected suicide car bomb

BISHKEK A suspected suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Tuesday, killing the attacker and wounding at least three other people, officials said. | Video

World, Aug 30 2016

Liar, coward, joker: Europe gives UK's Johnson hostile welcome

BRUSSELS Branding him a liar, a coward or a joker, Europe's political class greeted Eurosceptic Boris Johnson's appointment as Britain's foreign minister with a chorus of dismay on Thursday. | Video

World, Jul 14 2016

Death of Islamic State's Shishani may damage foreign recruitment

BAGHDAD The death of Islamic State's "minister of war" may disrupt its operations, a senior U.S. military officer said on Thursday, and an Iraqi security expert said it could damage the group's important recruitment efforts in ex-Soviet republics.

World, Iraq Jul 14 2016

Turkey jails 17 over Istanbul attack, blames ex-Soviet members of IS

ISTANBUL Turkey jailed 17 suspects on Tuesday, mostly foreigners, over last week's suicide bombing at Istanbul's main airport, which President Tayyip Erdogan described as the work of Islamic State militants from the ex-Soviet Union.

World, United Nations, Turkey, Jul 05 2016

Home-grown radicals a weak spot in Turkey's fight against Islamic State

ISTANBUL A few months after he started attending meetings of a hardline Islamic community group in a poor Istanbul suburb, 25-year-old Murat Kipcak stopped reading the Koran and going to the mosque. | Video

World, Turkey, Jul 01 2016

Istanbul airport bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz: Turkish official

ISTANBUL Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 44 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's main airport this week were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. | Video

World, United Nations, Russia Jun 30 2016

Plane crashes in Russia, all 62 people on board killed

MOSCOW/DUBAI All 62 people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport on Saturday, Russian officials said. | Video

World, Russia, Mar 20 2016

Russia gets a cold; ex-Soviet neighbours catch pneumonia

DUSHANBE/MINSK Before he left Russia at the end of 2014, Sayidhuja Rizoyev used to make up to $40 a day as a construction worker. Then his boss decided not to renew his contract, and he returned home to ex-Soviet Tajikistan.

Russia, Feb 16 2016

U.S. seeks to reassure Beijing after Trump call with Taiwan leader

WASHINGTON/BEIJING The White House said on Monday it had sought to reassure China after President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's leader last week, which the Obama administration warned could undermine progress in relations with Beijing. | Video