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U.S. Says Humanitarian Cease-Fire To Take Effect In Nagorno-Karabakh

A humanitarian cease-fire will take effect on October 26 at 8 a.m. local time in the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a joint statement from the U.S. State Department and the two governments says.

Iranian Police Investigating Man's Death Following Use Of Pepper Spray In Arrest.

Police in Iran are investigating the death of a man who was apparently killed while being arrested by an officer in the northeastern city of Mashhad, the official government news agency IRNA has reported.

Belarusian Opposition Calls National Strike For October 26 Amid More Protests.

Belarusian opposition candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has said a national strike will begin on October 26 after Alyaksandr Lukashenka's government responded with stun grenades and rubber bullets to protests against him earlier in the day.

Ukrainians Go To The Polls In Historic Local Elections.

Voters across Ukraine will cast ballots on October 25 in local elections being held under a new Electoral Code that decentralizes power from Kyiv to local governing bodies.

Fighting Over Nagorno-Karabakh Continues After Armenia, Azerbaijan Hold U.

Azerbaijani and Armenian forces have continued to clash in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a day after the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington to discuss how to resolve the decades-lo...

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Kyrgyzstan Schedules Early Presidential Election For January 10.

The press service for Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission says an early presidential election has been scheduled to take place on January 10.

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Uzbekistan Drops Controversial Case Against Journalist, Gifts Him An Apartment.

Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev has announced that a controversial criminal investigation against him has been dropped.

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Bulgaria Joins U.S. Initiative To Block Chinese Companies From Building 5G Networks

The United States and Bulgaria on October 23 signed a memorandum on the security of 5G wireless communications networks under which Bulgaria commits to protecting its 5G networks from “untrusted” Chinese tech companies such as Huawei.

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Bulgaria, Kosovo, North Macedonia Join U.S. Initiative To Block Chinese Equipment In 5G Network

Bulgaria, Kosovo, and North Macedonia have signed declarations with the United States on the security of 5G wireless communications networks under which they committed to protect their networks from "untrusted" Chinese tech companies such as Huawei.

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Tusk Blasts Hungarian PM's Vision Of Democracy, Says Belarus Opposition 'Close To Victory'.

The head of the European center-right European People’s Party (EPP) says Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s vision of "illiberal democracy" is in fact spearheading the creation of a "degenerate democracy" in his country.

New Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Says Russia Remains 'Major Partner'.

Kyrgyzstan's newly appointed Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev says that the recent political upheaval that toppled the Central Asian nation's government and prompted the president to resign won't impact relations with Russia, its "major partner a...

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Acting Kyrgyz President Signs Law That Will Delay Vote, Paves Way For Changes Allowing Him To Run.

Kyrgyzstan’s acting President Sadyr Japarov has signed changes to the elections law that will delay in parliamentary and presidential votes, a move the convicted kidnapper's critics call a power grab.

Russia Cites 'Hope,' Challenges To Reaching New START Extension With U.

The Kremlin says a possible one-year extension of the New START arms-control treaty beyond its current expiration in February would be aimed at buying time for the two sides to reach a new agreement instead of prolonging the current accord.

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Ahead Of U.S. Talks, Azerbaijan Accused Of Cluster-Bombing 'Residential Areas'

International watchdog group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Azerbaijan of "repeatedly" using widely banned cluster munitions in residential areas in Nagorno-Karabakh since its war with Armenian forces over the enclave dramatically escalated ...

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Armenia's Main Opposition Leader Freed On Bail

Armenia's main opposition party leader has been released on bail nearly a month after his detention in a vote-buying case he calls politically motivated.

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U.S. Says Russian Hackers Targeted State, Local Governments Ahead Of Election

Russian state-sponsored hackers have targeted dozens of U.S. state and local government networks in recent weeks and stole data from at least two servers, the U.S. government said.

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Neither Side Optimistic About Upcoming Nagorno-Karabakh Talks In Washington.

Hopes that upcoming talks in Washington on the fighting between Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian forces will help resolve the conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh appeared slim on October 22 as the two sides engaged in new battles...

Putin Says He Helped Navalny Leave Russia For Treatment After Poisoning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he personally intervened to ensure that Aleksei Navalny could be evacuated to Germany for treatment after the opposition politician was poisoned with a Soviet-style chemical agent in August.

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EU Slaps Sanctions On Two Russians, Entity Over Bundestag Cyberattacks.

The European Union has imposed sanctions against the head of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, a unit within the agency, and one of its officers for their involvement in a 2015 cyberattack on Germany's lower house of parliament.

RSF Urges UN To Address 'Violent Crackdown' On Journalists In Belarus.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has formally asked the United Nations to condemn the "unprecedented violent crackdown" on journalists as well as censorship in Belarus following a presidential election in August that has triggered nationwide protes...

Uzbek Company Starts Paying Overdue Salaries After Mass Protests.

The Uzbek company Enter Engineering has started paying overdue salaries to workers after they rioted over the back wages owed from the construction of a large gas-to-liquid facility.

Human Rights Watchdogs Urge Turkmenistan To Release Lawyer Allaberdyev.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says 10 human rights organizations have urged the Turkmen authorities to "immediately and unconditionally release" Pygambergeldy Allaberdyev, a lawyer "imprisoned on bogus charges that appear to be in retaliation for his a...

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Kyrgyz Acting President Announces 'Economic Amnesty' After Powerful Oligarch's House Arrest.

Acting Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov has announced an "economic amnesty" for former officials who illegally enriched themselves through corruption, just a day after the former deputy chief of the Customs Service, Raimbek Matraimov, was detained a...

Diplomats On The Move As World Powers Push For End To Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting.

Armenian President Armen Sarkisian has left for Brussels for talks with the European Union and NATO while the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers are in Moscow for talks with Russia in a diplomatic push to end the fighting over the breakawa...

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Uzbek Workers Riot At Gas Plant Over Food And Pay

Workers involved in the construction of a large gas-to-liquids plant in Uzbekistan's southern region of Qashqadaryo rioted on October 21 after their employer, Enter Engineering, failed to provide them with food adding to their ongoing frustration ...

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