Reports have emerged that along with the Afghan Taliban, scores of Central Asian Islamists and Pakistani jihadists are fighting in northern Afghanistan. Are the militants becoming a multi-national movement?
Tajikistan has arrested 23 members of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party. The clampdown has rights groups concerned it is politically motivated, but the government argues the party is a terrorist organization.
The American commander of international forces in Afghanistan has confirmed that a deadly air strike that hit a hospital in Kunduz was made within the "US chain of command." All aid organizations have left the city.
Indian PM Modi did not give German Chancellor Merkel his usual hug. Nevertheless, a handshake was quite sufficient, as both leaders consider themselves strategic partners, reports Katja Keppner from New Delhi.