Circassians, a Muslim people indigenous to Caucasia, had long been persecuted by the Russian Empire. Their last remnants of resistance against the Russians ended around today's Black Sea port city of Sochi on May 21, 1864.
Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy is heading to Paris to meet the French president. He is predicted to win the presidential election run-off, despite his only political experience of playing the president in a TV show.
Two pilots were killed when a Russian helicopter crashed in Syria, news agencies reported citing Russia's defence ministry. Meanwhile, over 800 opposition rebels and their families were bussed out of Homs following Moscow-backed evacuation deal.
The foreign ministers of Russia and Turkey have met and discussed the Syrian war. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US seems to have a vested interest in partitioning Syria.
Putin on Monday ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent to start pulling out of Syria, declaring their work largely done.
Russia has deployed troops and Syrian regime forces to east Afrin, to prevent clashes between Turkish-backed opposition forces and the YPG.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 25 Daesh militants and six regime soldiers were killed during the regime operation, that was backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters.
The Russian army said they had targeted senior Daesh leaders in an air strike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was among those killed.
A century on from the Great Exodus of Kyrgyz and Kazakhs from their central Asian homeland, the passage between Kyrgyzstan and China is still awash with the remains of hundreds of thousands who died fleeing slaughter at the hands of Tsarist forces
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