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 man clears debris from the tarmac of Jinnah International Airport after last Sunday’s attack by Taliban militants which triggered an all-night battle leading to at least 27 deaths. Photograph:  Athar Hussain/Reuters

Pakistani fighter jets pounded suspected Taliban hideouts in the tribal North Waziristan region today in response to an audacious attack on the countr(...)