Attempted assassination of Afghan frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah

Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah escaped assassination on Friday morning when two charges detonated outside of a hotel. Six people are confirmed dead, and the blasts destroyed several cars in Abdullah’s convoy. Twenty-two bystanders were also injured. The blasts took place in the Kote Sangi area of western Kabul, next to the Ariana Hotel. Police…

US and Russia Renew Collaboration on ISS

Fears of another cold war seemingly allayed, Russia and the United States have renewed talks surrounding bilateral space cooperation. Shortly after the first US sanctions were doled out as a response to Russia’s annexation and activities that were perceived to fan the flame of separatism in eastern Ukraine, many news outlets began to speculate over…

Customs Union approves roadmaps for Kyrgyzstan, Armenia

Last month, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia were approved to propose the so-called “roadmap” for integration into the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan by a summit meeting in Astana (which recently announced its change in title and function to the Eurasian Economic Union or EEU at the beginning of next year). The roadmap has now hit…

Line C of Central Asian Gas Pipeline Becomes Operational

The third in a series of pipelines connecting mainland China with Central Asia has been launched. The pipeline, which will stretch from Turkmenistan into its eastern neighbor Uzbekistan and finally end up in China, was commemorated with a ribbon ceremony in Gazli, Uzbekistan. The line will connect with already extant lines A and B, which…

Clashes escalate in Donetsk, gas deal signed

Despite the successful election of Petro Poroshenko, clashes in the Donetsk Oblast have increased. Separatist troops attacked the Donetsk airport and were repelled by government forces. Vladyslav Seleznyov, the spokesman for the Ukrainian army’s current operations in the east, said that “pro-Russian separatists are attacking Ukrainian forces’ checkpoints all the time in Slovyansk,” a noted…