ANALYSIS-Russia, US concerned over Central Asian extremism
By Sujata Rao
ALMATY, March 30 (Reuters) - Fears of a rise in religious extremism in Central Asia is drawing former Soviet states in the oil-rich region closer to Russia and causing concern in the United States.
Where the Taliban's warriors for Islam are born
By Robert Fisk in Akora Khattak, Pakistan
Tajikistan's Islamic "liberators" in Pakistan are more than willing to talk to us. Rashed el-Haq insists that we meet them. And sure enough, down a narrow passageway, the young men are gathered, bearded, smiling, crying "Allahu Akbar"
Albright to talk tough on democracy in Kazakstan, C. Asia
By Elaine Monaghan
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will talk tough on democracy in Central Asia next month and address the subject of regional security, her spokesman said Thursday.
Reward offered for Afghan escapee
The Taleban government in Afghanistan says it will give a big reward to anyone who helps capture the escaped opposition leader, Ismail Khan.
Afghanistan's Taliban regime raps UN for pulling out from Kandahar
by Mohammad Bashir
Thursday, March 30 7:34 PM SGT
KABUL, March 30 (AFP) Afghanistan's Taliban authorities Thursday said the United Nations had unnecessarily shut its offices in the ruling militia's stronghold of Kandahar.
FBI chief due in India for counter-terrorism talks
NEW DELHI (AFP) - FBI Director Louis Freeh will visit India next week as part of a pledge by India and the United States to jointly combat terrorism and cross-border crime, an Indian spokesman said here on Thursday.
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