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Kyrgyzstan's prosecutor-general says at least nine more former and current officials in Kyrgyzstan face the possibility of corruption charges over a 2003 deal with Canada’s Centerra Gold company.

A group of international observers said on November 7 that Tajikistan's presidential election, won in a landslide by incumbent President Emomali Rahmon, lacked pluralism and genuine choice.

Belarus plans to launch a joint project with Turkmenistan to build aerial drones.

Sensing an historic opening, Russian President Vladimir Putin may soon be visiting Cairo in search of closer military ties and access to Egypt's warm water ports—according to an October 27 article in the Sunday Times of London.

Until a) the Arab peoples find a secular alternative to MB, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri Jihadi's and Ba'athism, b) the Jewish people stop building settlements in occupied territories, there will be no peace in the Middle East.

A suicide bombing this week at Egyptian Military Intelligence headquarters in the city of Ismailiya has been claimed by Ansar Beit al Maqdis. This organization is a Salafi Jihadi group with links to organizations of a similar kind in the Gaza Strip. Eleven people, including six soldiers were wounded in the bombing.

Reports have emerged this week indicating the presence of North Korean military personnel in Syria. They note that 15 North Korean helicopter pilots are operating on behalf of the Assad regime within the country.

The Republic of Cyprus has entered the maelstrom of the world's most volatile region thanks to new-found gas and oil reserves combined with an erratic Turkish foreign policy and a civil war in Syria.

The World Economic Forum hosted its first Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Ukraine on 5 and 6 November, bringing together senior policy-makers from Ukraine, neighbouring countries and international organizations.

The Ukrainian agro-industrial complex (AIC) has been traditional subject of both interest and scare for foreign investors. Despite high-yielding black earth lands, sufficient water resources, agricultural traditions and cheap yet qualified labour force, foreign companies are scared off by corruption and unfavourable business climate.

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