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Unflattering Afghan war film arouses censorship impulses in Russia | Analysis
Unflattering Afghan war film arouses censorship impulses in Russia

The furor comes as Russia whitewashes a conflict it once openly called a blunder.

With eye on regional security, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan ink new military co-operation deals | Security
With eye on regional security, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan ink new military co-operation deals

The two nations took steps toward better security in Central Asia during Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev’s official visit to Uzbekistan April 14-15.

OSCE holds mine clearance training for Central Asian troops | Security
OSCE holds mine clearance training for Central Asian troops

The mine clearing course is the latest OSCE effort to contribute to regional security and co-operation.

Next generation F-35As to reinforce defence of US partner nations worldwide | Security
Next generation F-35As to reinforce defence of US partner nations worldwide

The deployment of the fighter to the Middle East comes amid moves by certain countries to destabilise the international system.

'Islamic State' mocks burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, calling it 'retribution' | Religion
'Islamic State' mocks burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, calling it 'retribution'

The statement is the latest sign of IS's disregard for cultural heritage and its spurious interpretation of Islam.

Criminal law reform in Kazakhstan spurs decrease in prisoners | Crime & Justice
Criminal law reform in Kazakhstan spurs decrease in prisoners

Kazakh authorities however have vowed to remain tough on terrorists and extremists.

Recent mishaps highlight growing deficiencies in Russian military equipment | Security
Recent mishaps highlight growing deficiencies in Russian military equipment

Russian officials regularly trumpet new military mega-projects, but a number of recent mishaps have shown a light upon the increasing weaknesses of the Kremlin's aging military.

Uzbekistan offers to help develop Afghan textile industry | Economy
Uzbekistan offers to help develop Afghan textile industry

A modern textile industry will help Afghanistan improve its economy and stability, create jobs and start exports, say specialists.

Arrests in Kazakhstan demonstrate lengths extremists will go to finance activities | Terrorism
Arrests in Kazakhstan demonstrate lengths extremists will go to finance activities

Some say Kazakhstan faces the risk of a coming wave of attempted terrorist acts that will require financing to pull off -- and extremists will do anything to raise funds.

Uzbek ambassador to Pakistan promotes education as means to end terrorism | Diplomacy
Uzbek ambassador to Pakistan promotes education as means to end terrorism

Uzbek Ambassador to Pakistan Furqat Sidiqov spoke of enhanced co-operation between Uzbekistan and Pakistan and their shared goal of ending terrorism in the region.

Kazakh special forces test combat readiness in military exercise | Security
Kazakh special forces test combat readiness in military exercise

The drills were aimed at verifying the readiness of the nation's special operations units for a variety of situations, including potential terrorist attacks.

Russia uses EEU as cover for anti-competitive policies in Central Asia | Business
Russia uses EEU as cover for anti-competitive policies in Central Asia

Business owners in Central Asia are fuming over Russia's attempts to eliminate them from the Russian market.

US helps Uzbekistan battle tuberculosis | Health
US helps Uzbekistan battle tuberculosis

Uzbekistan plans to allocate more than 118 billion UZS ($14 million) by 2021 to a large-scale programme to combat TB.

New power line seen as electricity boon to region | Economy
New power line seen as electricity boon to region

The CASA-1000 aims to deliver summer surplus hydro-power from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan, which suffer from chronic electricity shortages.

Wives and children of defeated IS fighters face future of statelessness | Security
Wives and children of defeated IS fighters face future of statelessness

Following the collapse of the group's so-called caliphate in Syria last month, thousands of fighters, women, and children have been confined in a number of camps, awaiting their fate.

Coalition hunts down remaining 'Islamic State' fighters in Syria | Security
Coalition hunts down remaining 'Islamic State' fighters in Syria

The US-led coalition is conducting 'precision strike support' to help flush out the remaining militants.

Kazakh NGOs launch new projects in fight against extremism | Religion
Kazakh NGOs launch new projects in fight against extremism

The growing engagement of local NGOs in Kazakhstan's religious life is a great assistance to the state in the fight against violent extremism, observers say.

Kazakhstan increases targeted social assistance for large, low-income families | Society
Kazakhstan increases targeted social assistance for large, low-income families

The approach to social assistance for large, low-income families puts Kazakhstan ahead of other Central Asian countries in that regard, officials say.

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Kyrgyz president, Afghan foreign minister discuss regional security OSCE trains police crisis negotiators in Kazakhstan Kyrgyz draft law would revoke citizenship of convicted terrorists Kyrgyzstan sends ambassador to Kabul Kyrgyz authorities plan to offer rewards for tips on terrorist plots US praises Kyrgyz human rights progress US government sponsors counter-terrorism training in Uzbekistan Kazakh, Uzbek presidents discuss co-operation in Tashkent Kazakhstan to donate military equipment to Tajikistan Tajikistan jails 5 extremists Civil society organisations receive co-working space in Tashkent OSCE marks 20th anniversary of working with Kyrgyzstan Tokayev calls snap Kazakh presidential elections for June Tajik defence minister heads to Islamabad to discuss security co-operation OSCE chairman, Kazakh officials discuss security co-operation Kazakh, Uzbek security officials hold consultations in Tashkent NATO prepares for Putin's 'dark dreams of imperialism' on 70th anniversary Kyrgyz border guards learn to identify foreign terrorist militants Kyrgyz authorities arrest suspected terrorist recruiter Central Asian defendants accuse Russian authorities of torture OSCE helps train Central Asian customs officers US, Central Asian officials discuss business opportunities Human Rights Watch urges Kyrgyz to drop charges against anti-Putin protesters Nearly 1,000 Tajiks died in Russia last year: report Afghan, Uzbek officials discuss peace process, economic ties