Suppressed at home, some Uzbeks turn to militant Islam abroad

The Japan Times

MOSCOW/ALMATY – Pushed by a lack of jobs and strict control of behavior and dissent, millions of Uzbeks have emigrated in recent years. Hundreds of those joined Islamic State in the Middle East, while others turned to religious extremism in their host countries. Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people in a truck attack in New York on Tuesday, appears to have taken the latter path, becoming radicalized after struggling with life in the West. According to U.S. police, the 29-year-old followed online instructions from Islamic State before launching the assault. Saipov's was at least the fourth deadly attack abroad by an Uzbek national or ethnic Uzbek this year, and his actions have highlighted the outsized influence the Central Asian state of 32 million people has had on global jihad in recent months.


Russian Soyuz rocket successfully launches 3 astronauts toward ISS

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Astronauts from America, Canada and Russia successfully blasted into space this morning aboard a Soyuz rocket after a failed launch back in October. Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques and Oleg Kononenko launched at 06.32 ET (11.32 GMT) from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, before their spacecraft made four orbits over six hours as it chased down the space station for the docking. Kononenko was heard telling ground control that'everything is fine on board' shortly after the launch. Later in the day, the hatch of the capsule carrying NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos was opened while the station was flying over the southern coast of Yemen. The three were greeted upon arrival Monday by the station's current crew members, who had waited outside the hatch after the astronauts' capsule docked and underwent safety checks.


Syrian Opposition Not Yet Ready to Attend Astana Talks: Team Member

U.S. News

Colonel Ahmad Othman, who heads the Turkish-backed Sultan Murad rebel brigade, said it was awaiting a Russian response to a letter that demands Moscow acts as a guarantor and ends violations of a ceasefire brokered last December by Russia and Turkey.


Free Syrian Army Rebel Faction to Send Five Officers to Astana Peace Talks: Ifax

U.S. News

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group will send five officers to peace talks in Astana on Wednesday for consultations at an expert level, Interfax quoted an FSA representative as saying.


Russia, Turkey, Iran Close to Syria De-Escalation Zones Deal

U.S. News

ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia, Turkey and Iran are close to finalizing an agreement on creating four de-escalation zones in Syria, a senior Russian negotiator said on Thursday. The three sides are discussing details of the agreement at meetings in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, Alexander Lavrentyev, who leads the Russian delegation, told reporters. Not all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House. Following previous protests over invited speakers, the university is increasing police presence for Ben Shapiro's appearance. The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department are penalizing Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone.