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Belgium charges two linked to Syria jihadist recruitment

Brussels - Belgian authorities on Monday charged two people in connection with a probe into a Chechen extremist group suspected of seeking to recruit jihadists to fight in Syria, federal prosecutors said.

Masked attackers raid rights group's office in Chechnya

Moscow - Masked attackers ransacked the offices of one of the last rights groups active in Russia's Chechnya region on Wednesday as crowds of pro-government demonstrators looked on, activists said.

Chechnya leader gives 'shoot to kill' orders on Russian forces

Moscow - Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday ordered his troops to "shoot to kill" if they encountered any unauthorised Russian forces on the territory of the small republic in the volatile North Caucasus region.

Huge anti-Charlie Hebdo rally in Chechnya as global protests rumble on

Grozny - The furious backlash against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed rumbled on Monday with a huge rally in Chechnya, Afghan protesters burning the French flag and Gazans levelling threats against France.

Chechen president offers 'special regiment' to defend Russia

Moscow - Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday proposed the creation of a "special regiment" made up from Chechnya's armed forces to help defend Russia from Western aggression.

Attackers torch rights group's office in Chechen capital

Moscow - Members at one of the last human rights groups active in Chechnya said Sunday that their office has been torched after they criticised the Kremlin-installed Chechen leader for calling for collective punishment against families of Islamist insurgents.

Chechnya homes torched after call to punish Islamists

Moscow - Several houses have been torched in Chechnya after the Russian province's leader called for relatives of Islamist insurgents to be punished in the wake of a bloody attack in the capital Grozny, rights activists said Tuesday.

Chechen rebels kill 10 police in brazen raid on Grozny

Grozny - Fighting between heavily-armed Islamists and police in the centre of Chechnya's capital Grozny on Thursday left 19 dead and many injured, the second attack since October, officials said.

Trial of accused marathon bomber could be moved from Boston

Boston - Wednesday's deadline for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to seek a new location for his trial passed without any apparent further efforts to move the case.

Op-Ed: US weapons finding their way into the wrong hands

After being denied a war by popular opinion and being outmaneuvered by Russia, the US began supplying arms and equipment to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) amid protests that those weapons might fall into the wrong hands; namely, those of US enemies.

Boston bombings: Pro-Tsarnaev posters displayed in Chechnya

Grozny - The face of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov dominates Grozny as his image is displayed on billboards across the city. Now another image is added to the city as posters of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have appeared, declaring his innocence.

Op-Ed: The Boston bombing and the unsettled state of mind

In the statements made to the press by Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, an important truth was revealed on the nature of the unsettled.

Czech Ambassador stresses Czech Republic is not Chechnya

A sudden interest in the Chechen Republic, coupled with geographical ineptness, has resulted in confusion between the Czech Republic and Chechyna on social media sites.

Livestream: Boston bombers 2 brothers 'from Russian region near Chechnya'

Boston - Police in Boston say one of the suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev has died in custody. His younger brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, remains at large after a shoot-out with the police

One suspect dead, another still on the loose in Boston manhunt

Boston - One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings is still on the loose, causing the Watertown-Boston area to be on a lockdown following a carjacking and firefight with police.

Op-Ed: The terror enigma — Gauging the threat to the 2012 Olympic Games

London - A timely analysis on the terrorist threat and the security challenges it currently poses to the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

When does Russian diplomacy reach Old Model expiry date?

Sydney - When Bismarck was told that a Russian diplomat had died, he said, “Really? I wonder what his motive was?”, or words to that effect. Modern Russian diplomacy, particularly over Syria, hasn’t become any more transparent.

Fossilized 'dinosaur eggs' excavated in Chechnya?

Locals in Russia's Republic of Chechnya are excited that 'dinosaur eggs' have been discovered, but scientists remain doubtful.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov plans to leave politics

Ramzan Kadyrov, president of Chechnya, has revealed that he plans to stand down from politics once he has fulfilled his task. He stated that he has no ambition to run for higher office, but would prefer to spend more time with his family.

Actress Hilary Swank apologizes over Chechnya appearance

Two-time Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank has apologized for taking part in the Oct. 5 birthday celebration of Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Chechen poet Ruslan Akhtakhanov murdered in Moscow

Moscow - The murder of a poet in Moscow has been described by police as a contract killing. Ruslan Akhtakhanov, a well known Chechen anti-separatist, was murdered in cold blood.

Chechen government denies targeting ads of bareheaded women

Businesses in the Russian Republic of Chechnya have been targeted for displaying advertisements of bareheaded women. A spokesman for President Ramzan Kadyrov denies any government banning of such advertisements.

Celebrities slated for attending Ramzan Kadyrov's Chechnya party

Grozny - Celebrities who traveled to Chechnya to attend a party on the 35th birthday of Ramzan Kadyrov, have been criticized by Human Rights Watch for associating with the Kremlin backed leader. Under fire are Jean Claude Van Damme, Hilary Swank and Vanessa Mae.

Russia upset US doesn't list Doku Umarov as terrorist

Moscow - Russian authorities are concerned and dismayed after they learned Chechnyan terrorist Doku Umarov is not on the US State Department's 2010 edition of their list of terrorists.

Chechen rebels responsible for Russian train blast

A North Caucasus Islamist group called "Caucasian Mujahadeen" has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Russian train Nevsky Express.

Suicide Bomber Kills at least 20 in Russia

At least 20 people are dead and 60 others injured after a suicide bomber attacked a police station in Igusheta Province, Russia on Monday.

11 Killed in Russia During Attacks on Police, Sauna

Gunmen in the Russian Republic of Dagestan today shot dead four policemen at a checkpoint in the town of Buynaksk before entering a sauna where they killed seven female employees.

Human rights activist Natalia Estemirova kidnapped, murdered

Russian human rights worker Natalia Estemirova was kidnapped and murdered Wednesday as she left her home in the Chechnya region.

Op-Ed: Is Russia assassinating its political opponents from Chechnya?

The Russian bear is back and is flexing its muscles as only it can. For those who thought that Russia was about to go into hibernation after the Cold War was over, the events of the last nine months have shown that the opposite is true.

Human Rights Activist Murdered Shortly After News Conference

Stanislav Markelov, a Russian lawyer and human rights activist, was murdered by a masked gunman. He was known for his work in human rights abuses in Chechnya.
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