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Hairatan. Photo courtesy of fglkabul.com
No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan

Hairatan, the only crossing between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, is an ominous bellwether of economic activity in northern Afghanistan.

No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan
Heads of the EEU member states: Serj Sargsyan, Alexander Lukashenko, Nursulatn Nazarbayev, Almazbek Atambayev and Vladimir Putin. Photo © kremlin.ru
Kazakh-Kyrgyz boarders opened with Kyrgyzstan's accession to EEU

The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Almazbek Atambayev, President of Kyrgyzstan, have opened the customs border between the two countries.

Kazakh-Kyrgyz boarders opened with Kyrgyzstan's accession to EEU
Photo © Turar Kazangapov
Kazakhstani popular tourist destinations open for foreigners again

Kazakhstan government has revised the decree that made many popular resorts a special border zone requiring special passes. Foreigners will no longer have to obtain permits to visit them.

Kazakhstani popular tourist destinations open for foreigners again
Bangladesh, India exchange land islands in historic deal
Bangladesh, India exchange land islands in historic deal

Bangladesh and India prepared to swap tiny islands of land, ending one of the world's most intractable border disputes.

Bangladesh, India exchange land islands in historic deal
Thousands celebrate historic India-Bangladesh border pact
Thousands celebrate historic India-Bangladesh border pact

Thousands living near the Bangladesh-India border celebrated an historic agreement that will allow them to choose their nationality.

Thousands celebrate historic India-Bangladesh border pact
Photo courtesy of the press service of the Border Guard of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan
Chase and gunshots stop poachers at Caspian Sea

Kazakhstani coast guards have stopped four Azeri poachers, who were trying to escape the territorial waters of Kazakhstan with nearly a ton of sturgeon.

Chase and gunshots stop poachers at Caspian Sea
Separatists doubt Kiev will control 'their' Russian border
Separatists doubt Kiev will control 'their' Russian border

The separatist guard at a crossing point between Ukraine and Russia poured scorn on Kiev regaining control despite a new peace deal.

Separatists doubt Kiev will control 'their' Russian border
Modular building. Photo courtesy of mod-b.ru
Kazakh Border Services recieve $3mln worth of equipment from USA

The US has presented Kazakhstani Border Services with modular shelter complexes and related equipment totally worth $3 million.

Kazakh Border Services recieve $3mln worth of equipment from USA
© Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan
New ship to guard Kazakhstan's Caspian Sea border

Kazakhstan’s Border Service has added a new ship to guard the country's border at the Caspian Sea.

New ship to guard Kazakhstan's Caspian Sea border
Ukraine prepares to close Russia border to halt 'intervention'
Ukraine prepares to close Russia border to halt 'intervention'

President Petro Poroshenko instructed his government to consider temporarily closing Ukraine's porous border with Russia.

Ukraine prepares to close Russia border to halt 'intervention'
©Reuters
Mexico stops migrants from climbing 'Beast' train

Mexican authorities have launched operations to block Central American migrants from illegally hitching rides on a freight train.

Mexico stops migrants from climbing 'Beast' train
©Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom
Myanmar makes $2.3mn heroin bust in 'Golden Triangle'

Myanmar authorities have seized 140 kilograms (310 lbs) of heroin packed into blocks and hidden in a car in the notorious "Golden Triangle" area near the Thai border, police said.

Myanmar makes $2.3mn heroin bust in 'Golden Triangle'
Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants
Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

President Barack Obama met Friday with three Central American leaders to try to get control of an humanitarian crisis triggered by a tide of child migrants crossing the southern US border.

Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants
©Reuters/Richard Lam
Canada expels 20 Hungarians for human trafficking

Canada announced the extradition of 20 Hungarians convicted in what authorities described as the largest human trafficking case in Canadian history, for forcing eastern European refugee claimants into slavery.

Canada expels 20 Hungarians for human trafficking
Texas Governor Rick Perry. ©Reuters/Mike Segar
Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 military reservists to the state's border with Mexico, to tackle a surge in immigrant children flooding into the United States.

Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border
Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at US border
Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at US border

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant, was freed by US border agents after being held for several hours.

Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at US border
Ukrainian plane hit by missile, say villagers on Russia border
Ukrainian plane hit by missile, say villagers on Russia border

Two men lean on the smouldering wreckage of a Ukrainian airforce plane. They poke among the debris, looking for anything of value. Using an iron bar, one of them moves a Kalashnikov rifle to reveal what appears to be a charred human limb.

Ukrainian plane hit by missile, say villagers on Russia border
©Reuters/Beawiharta
Two dead, 18 missing as boat capsizes off Malaysia

At least two people died and 18 others were missing after an overloaded boat carrying illegal Indonesian immigrants capsized off the coast of southern Malaysia, a maritime official said.

Two dead, 18 missing as boat capsizes off Malaysia
Body of Guatemala teen sent home after failed attempt to enter US
Body of Guatemala teen sent home after failed attempt to enter US

The body of a 15-year-old who died while trying to migrate illegally into the United States was repatriated to Guatemala Friday, amid a raging US debate over how to stem a flood of similar cases.

Body of Guatemala teen sent home after failed attempt to enter US
©Reuters/Ronen Zvulun
Northern Israel hit by rocket from Lebanon: army

A rocket fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel early Friday, causing troops to hit back with artillery fire over the border, the Israeli army said.

Northern Israel hit by rocket from Lebanon: army