Every month, 40 Afghans are killed or injured by Soviet-era land mines. Meet two of them.
A look at how samovar politics, mixed with rampant corruption, have helped turn Dagestan into the most deadly of Russia's North Caucasus republics.
A village timekeeper's historical narrative of Afghanistan depicts elements of the past that offer predictions for the future.
On the eve of a crucial constitutional referendum, Egypt's youth movement, pivotal in moving hundreds of thousands to protest and revolt in Tahrir Square, is struggling to figure out the next move.
Why is the Kremlin-imposed leader of this republic sounding so much like the militants he's meant to be cracking down on?
Women's shelters in Afghanistan offer little protection and no "long turn assurances" for women fleeing domestic violence.
Just months before the first U.S. troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan, the country's north, once its safest part, is now under threat from the Taliban.
Cold clasps the loess plains that curve toward the great Oxus. It has whitewashed with snow the saw-tooth jaws of the Hindu Kush. It has eaten raw the fingers of street vendors and stunted the emerald sprouts of winter wheat, barely visible against the dun monochrome of the dormant northern desert. Afghan friends tell me this has been the coldest winter here in a decade.
It has also been the most violent.
In Ingushetia, people have reason to fear Russia's shadowy security forces as much or more than the Islamist militants. Indeed, it has become one of the most unstable spots in the North Caucasus.
What appears to be a religious war or an independence struggle in the Caucasus is, in reality, deep-seated ethinic conflict and hatred.
A new level of viciousness by Islamist insurgents pervades Russia's bloody southern republics in the North Caucasus.
The families of suspected Islamist guerrillas in the North Caucasus have always faced harassment from Russian security forces. Now a shadowy vigilante group has started targeting them as well.
Though media attention is scarce, a guerrilla war taking place across the North Caucasus has ramped up. Killings are commonplace as Russia fights to retain control over the Islamist insurgency.