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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(...)

The mission of the games is to promote the revival and preservation of the historical heritage of nomadic people. Photograph: Igor Kovalenko/EPA

The Rio Olympics might have had Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and the Copacabana beach, but for fans of stick wrestling and horseback battles over a dead(...)

Former  Uzbek president Islam Karimov:  The Soviet-era strongman who had ruled Uzbekistan since before the fall of the Berlin Wall has no official successor. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP

Uzbekistan’s veteran dictator Islam Karimov has died, leaving central Asia’s most populous country in a state of turmoil and political uncertainty. T(...)

Uzbek president Islam Karimov is believed to have had a stroke. Some journalists citing reliable sources say he is dead and succession plans are secretly being made. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images

Since emerging from the ruins of the Soviet Union a quarter of a century ago, central Asian states have rarely, if ever, marked their sovereignty amid(...)

Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan: “If Apple owes taxes to the State they should pay them and that’s it.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The unwanted tax bonanza that may flow to Ireland from a ruling against Apple in Brussels should be used to fixed the health service and build houses(...)

 Estelle Mossely of France: She  has replaced Katie Taylor as light middleweight Olympic champion after a split-decision win over Junhua Yin of China. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Four years on, there is still a tricolour paraded around the boxing arena after gold medal fight of the women’s light middleweight division. But this (...)

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(...)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Fairfield , Connecticut, on August 13th. Photograph: Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters

During the first decade of this century, Donald Trump began doing business with an unlikely partner – Bayrock, a New York property developer founded (...)

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(...)

Dutch UN ambassador Karel van Oosterom with his Italian counterpart Sebastiano Cardi  at  UN  General Assembly  in New York last week. The states  agreed to share  seat on  UN Security Council. Photograh:  Jason Szenes/EPA

In a rare display of political co-operation largely lost in the post-Brexit melee across Europe, Italy and the Netherlands have agreed to share a cov(...)

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