Chechnya

Conflict & Justice

Why this Syrian man regrets bringing Al-Qaeda fighters into his country

Expectations are pretty low for this week's Syria peace talks in Geneva. It will the first time that government and opposition representatives actually meet since the civil war began almost three years ago. But a third major player in the conflict will be missing: the Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group that controls much of north-east Syria. Most of its fighters are foreign. Here's the story of one Syrian man who has been forced into exile by the very men he once helped bring into his country.

Putin writes to American people in New York Times op-ed

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a rare effort at communicating with the American people through the New York TImes. In an op-ed, he confronted President Barack Obama's decision-making regarding U.S. intervention in Syria and called for the U.S. to hold back any strikes.

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Al Qaeda and Thailand

Muslim rebels in Thailand have been battling Buddhist government forces for four years, and the government admitted today that it's far from winning, and suggested that the rebels may be getting support from al-Qaeda

Lifestyle & Belief

Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz, we were looking for the southernmost republic of the Russian Federation. The answer is Dagestan. The World's Quil Lawrence recently met some travellers from Dagestan on their way home from their pilgrimage to Mecca.

Conflict & Justice

Russia denies visa

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks to Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch who says he's been denied a visa by Russian authorities, and he says it's an example of "harassment" of non-governmental groups by the government of Russia.

Global Politics

Female suicide bombers

It was two female suicide bombers who reportedly detonated belts in Moscow yesterday. Female suicide bombers have struck there before. Professor Mia Bloom teaches at Penn State and is writing a book on female suicide bombers.

Conflict & Justice

Trouble in the Caucuses

President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov of the Russian republic of Ingushetia is in critical condition after an assassination attempt. Steven Eke, BBC World Service's Russia Analyst, joins The Takeaway to analyze the situation.