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Russia Reaches Deal for Syria Safe Zones, but Some Rebels Scoff
The top United Nations envoy for Syria said the deal was a “positive step.” But some rebels said it left too many loopholes for the government.
‘Turkish Trump,’ a Hotel Plan and a Tangle of Foreign Ties
President Trump pledged that his business would avoid overseas deals during his tenure. But his company is pursuing a hotel project with a firm with deep foreign connections.
Kazakh Capital, a Post-Soviet Creation, Is Growing Real Roots
In 1993, Kazakhstan’s president moved the capital to what is now Astana, blending elements of its Islamic roots with a dose of a personality cult.
Saiga Antelopes Are Struck Again by a Plague in Central Asia
An ancient species that once roamed grasslands with woolly mammoths is dying in great numbers in Mongolia, with harmful factors piling up.
Iran, Russia and Turkey Agree to Enforce Syria Cease-Fire, but Don’t Explain How
Neither the Syrian government nor the rebel fighters — who briefly met face to face for the first time in nearly six years of war — signed a pact.
Looking for a Friend in Old Age
At 80, she has spent years alone in her Russian village.
How Trump’s Calls to World Leaders Are Upsetting Decades of Diplomacy
President-elect Donald J. Trump has broken with decades of diplomatic practice in freewheeling calls with foreign leaders.
Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast
The president-elect’s unfiltered exchanges prompted the White House to urge him to seek the State Department’s expertise in his encounters with foreign leaders.
Gunman Stages Deadly Attack on Police Station in Kazakhstan
Three officers and two civilians were killed in Almaty, the country’s largest city, in an assault described as blending criminal and radical Islamist motivations.
Chevron Approves $37 Billion Expansion of Kazakh Oil Field
Though the move looks to be unusual at a time of low oil prices, analysts say the field has been lucrative and important for Chevron and its partners.
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