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A Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran. Photograph: Hasan Shirvani/AFP/Getty Images

A decades-old Iranian Boeing 707 military cargo plane has crashed while trying to land west of Iran’s capital, killing 15 people on board and leaving (...)

Melis and Arslanbek Chormonov at the Bosogu yurt camp at Köl-Suu. The brothers want to attract more travellers from Europe and beyond to Kyrgyzstan. Photograph: Joseph O’Connor

The sun is retreating behind the snow-capped Tian Shan mountains, which surround our yurt camp in the Naryn province of Kyrgyzstan. It’s here that I h(...)

A Mercer survey found Dublin is the second most expensive city in the euro zone  for employees working abroad. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin is the second most expensive city in the euro zone behind Paris for employees working abroad, according to a survey by consultancy firm Mercer.(...)

Flowers and candles left in tribute to the victims of the April 3rd blast in the Saint Petersburg metro lie by the Kremlin wall in Moscow.  Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

Russian authorities raided a residential building in St Petersburg on Thursday and found explosives similar to those used by a suicide bomber who this(...)

Kyrgyz police in front of protesters at a rally in support of Omurbek Tekebayev, the leader of the Ata Meken (Fatherland) party, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Photograph: Igor Kovalenko

Kyrgyzstan’s state security service said it detained opposition leader Omurbek Tekebayev on Sunday on charges of corruption and fraud, a move that may(...)

Plane debris is seen at the crash site on Monday. Photograph: Vladimir Pirogov/Reuters

A Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 37 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the B(...)

St Michael the Archangel church, Bishkek, which was built in 1969 by ethnic Germans. According to Fr Janez Michelcic, a Slovenian Catholic priest who gives the weekly English-language sermon, 60-70 people attend Mass on Sundays – yet none of the congregation speaks English.

Down a dusty lane in the outskirts of northern Bishkek sits an unremarkable two-storey building. Atop is placed a slight, solitary cross. In an overwh(...)

Kyrgyzstan president Almazbek Atambayev: up to the beginning of this year, at least 508 people – including 121 women – left his country for Isis-controlled territories in Syria and Iraq. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Sitting on the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains at the edge of a plain that stretches through Kazakhstan all the way to Siberia’s boreal forests t(...)

The  €22 million replica of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque being built by Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs in central Bishkek. Photograph: Stephen Starr

The huge €22 million replica of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque being built by Turkey’s presidency of religious affairs in central Bishkek, 3,700km from the Tu(...)

Horse wrestling: a traditional nomad existence gave the Kyrgyz the horseback prowess associated with the most famous central Asian, Ghengis Khan. Today the national sport of Kyrgyzstan is wrestling  and a gory form of polo involving a sheep’s headless carcass. Photograph: Jonathan Korowicz

The market in Bishkek is a mayhem of spices, meat and dowdy attire. You want a lock, glue or fresh pistachios? Some “atum” ground chilli or perhaps a (...)

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