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People gather for a minute of silence on Tuesday in front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, days after a gunman killed 39 people during New Year celebrations at the venue. Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

Conflicting reports emerged on Tuesday night surrounding the identity and recent movements of a man suspected of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nigh(...)

Picture released by the Turkish police of the main suspect in the Reina nightclub rampage. Photograph: Dogan News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

The gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day in an attack claimed by Islamic State appears to have been well versed in (...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: recording contains nothing to embarrass him at home. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine has blamed the Kremlin and Russia’s security services for a bizarre prank call to its president, Petro Poroshenko. Mr Poroshenko’s administ(...)

Bolivian Victor Flores and Briton Joanna Orr: The couple are living in Ireland, using the “Surinder Singh” route, whereby they live in an EU country for a time before applying for a “family  permit” to enter the UK.

Five years ago, Joanna Orr sat in an internet cafe in Bolivia and wondered how she was going to bring her new husband, Bolivian man Victor Flores, bac(...)

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(...)

 Uzbek President Islam Karimov speaks during a joint news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Authoritarian Uzbek leader Islam Karimov is in stable condition in an intensive care ward after suffering a brain haemorrhage on Saturday, his daughte(...)

A Russian emergency situation employee, left, comforts a woman as colleagues and relatives of dead workers from Kyrgyzstan gather next to the burnt building of a printing plant’s warehouse in Moscow, on Saturday. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP

A fire in a Moscow printing plant killed 17 people on Saturday, officials have said. A representative of the Kyrgyz diaspora in Russia said all the(...)

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