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Kyrgyz journalists learn how to cover religious extremism | Media
Kyrgyz journalists learn how to cover religious extremism

International and local specialists trained Kyrgyz journalists on how to report on extremism, terrorism and intolerance.

Kazakhstan, US expand areas of co-operation: US diplomat | Diplomacy
Kazakhstan, US expand areas of co-operation: US diplomat

The US government continues to support the development of Kazakhstan's health and education sectors, said Wren Elhai, US embassy spokesperson in Astana.

Kazakhstan eyes new law targeting 'destructive religious movements' | Religion
Kazakhstan eyes new law targeting 'destructive religious movements'

Amendments to existing religious law aim to expand the ability of authorities against individuals or groups spreading extremist or radical views.

Ridicule follows Kremlin claim that Russia has no history of meddling | Security
Ridicule follows Kremlin claim that Russia has no history of meddling

Russia does not have 'a custom of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and is not doing so now', Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Simple facts belie the statement.

Taraz association teaches Kazakhstani, Kyrgyz entrepreneurs tips for success | Business
Taraz association teaches Kazakhstani, Kyrgyz entrepreneurs tips for success

Successful business owners shared their experiences with aspiring entrepreneurs at the LEVEL UP forum, highlighting the role of modern technology in successful businesses.

Major US companies set to enter Uzbekistani market, boost development | Business
Major US companies set to enter Uzbekistani market, boost development

Fortune 500 companies, major food brands and other US-based companies are taking an interest in Uzbekistan's burgeoning market.

'Level Red' TV series about extremists seeks to entertain, raise awareness | Terrorism
'Level Red' TV series about extremists seeks to entertain, raise awareness

Kazakhstan's first TV series on extremism is set to air in mid-March. Filmmakers worked closely with security agencies to make the production as realistic as possible.

Afghanistan's ethnic Kyrgyz trapped on the 'roof of the world' | Society
Afghanistan's ethnic Kyrgyz trapped on the 'roof of the world'

For centuries, the nomadic Kyrgyz people travelled freely across Central and South Asia, fording rivers and cutting across snow-capped mountains. Today a handful of them are stuck on the "roof of the world".

US to provide children in Kyrgyzstan with healthy school lunches | Health
US to provide children in Kyrgyzstan with healthy school lunches

The US government has allocated about $15 million to provide Kyrgyz schools and kindergartens with high quality, nutritious food, according to the US Embassy in Bishkek.

New outreach methods persuade Tajik militants to return home | Terrorism
New outreach methods persuade Tajik militants to return home

The return of ex-militants to their homeland is the result of joint efforts by law enforcement, security agencies, clergy, local authorities and family members.

Documentary chronicles US and Kazakhstan's 'History of Success' | Diplomacy
Documentary chronicles US and Kazakhstan's 'History of Success'

Kazakhstan produced a documentary about the successful results of President Nursultan Nazarbayev's January 16-18 visit to Washington.

Kazakhstan launches 5-year state programme to fight terrorism | Terrorism
Kazakhstan launches 5-year state programme to fight terrorism

The state programme sets four tasks: preventing extremism, reducing radicalism, stopping planned terrorist acts and successfully reacting to terrorist acts that have been committed.

Uzbekistan and Afghanistan hold symbolic first meeting of joint commission | Security
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan hold symbolic first meeting of joint commission

Officials from law enforcement and security forces of both countries reviewed prospects for co-operation in the fight against extremism and terrorism.

Uzbek students dream of studying in the US | Education
Uzbek students dream of studying in the US

Young people in Uzbekistan are showing more interest in studying at American universities as a way to boost their employability at home.

Jashstan project challenges Kyrgyz youth to become more community focused | Youth
Jashstan project challenges Kyrgyz youth to become more community focused

Involving youth in active leadership and community building helps dissuade them from religious extremism and radicalism, project co-ordinators say.

Construction set to begin this year on CASA-1000 regional power line | Energy
Construction set to begin this year on CASA-1000 regional power line

The project's goal is to provide surplus hydro-electric power from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan during the summer months.

Uzbekistan boosts support for Afghan peace and development | Diplomacy
Uzbekistan boosts support for Afghan peace and development

Uzbekistan is demonstrating its readiness to support the Afghan government's effort to build a peaceful future, officials and specialists say.

European Bank to improve small business loan access in Kazakhstan | Economy
European Bank to improve small business loan access in Kazakhstan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plans to teach employees of financial organisations how to set up appropriate loans for small businesses.

Kyrgyzstan sees success in combatting youth radicalisation | Youth
Kyrgyzstan sees success in combatting youth radicalisation

Joint efforts by law enforcement, schools, local NGOs and international organisations have raised awareness among Kyrgyz youth about extremism and terrorism, observers say.

European bank backs Kazakhstan's solar energy development | Energy
European bank backs Kazakhstan's solar energy development

With financial assistance from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), alternative energy sources will produce 30% of the country's electricity by 2030, predict observers.

Russia's declaration of victory over IS in Syria deemed 'nonsense' | Media
Russia's declaration of victory over IS in Syria deemed 'nonsense'

Facts on the ground belie Russia's recent claim that its mission to oust the 'Islamic State' in Syria has been accomplished.

Mirziyoyev continues reform of national security agency | Politics
Mirziyoyev continues reform of national security agency

Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has sacked Rustam Inoyatov, chief of the National Security Service.

Uzbekistan sets new security goals, including anti-radicalism legislation | Security
Uzbekistan sets new security goals, including anti-radicalism legislation

The Fighting Extremism Act, which is aimed at preventing, fighting and eliminating the threat of extremism, is part of a broader effort to retool Uzbekistan's national security goals.

Newsbriefs

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan to re-open Galaba-Amuzang railway: official Kyrgyzstan to publish more than 3 million textbooks for grades 5-6 Kyrgyz official warns of upswing in child sexual abuse cases in 2017 Kyrgyzstan to enforce fitness requirements for spring draft Kazakhstani province takes aim at education issues Central Asian countries viewed as high in corruption: NGO Kazakhstani foreign minister urges EU to bring investment to Central Asia Kyrgyzstan to launch 2 small hydro plants to meet demand 90% of Kazakhstanis reject intolerance, fundamentalism: minister Trial continues of Uzbekistani citizen accused of Stockholm attack Kazakhstan plans new wind farm in Atyrau Tajik anti-corruption agency details 2017 cases Tajikistan to begin supplying electricity to Uzbekistan next month Uzbekistani citizen pleads guilty in Stockholm truck attack Astana, Tashkent agree to develop common information space Kazakhstan, EBRD negotiate over funding for Astana natural gas pipeline Tajikistan, Uzbekistan re-open border crossing Uzbekistani-Tajik railway to be restored by March Kyrgyz Health Ministry reports improved infant mortality rate in 2017 Isakov courts foreign investors for Kyrgyz tourism Bishkek to install facial recognition system as part of Smart City project 'New wave' of foreign investment coming to Kazakhstan Tajik police prevented dozens of terror attacks in 2017: interior minister Jeenbekov calls for stronger fight against corruption Kyrgyz non-profit to host workshop on countering extremism in media Social injustice among primary drivers of youth radicalisation: Kyrgyz theologian Kyrgyz, Swiss officials discuss use of water, energy Kazakhstani jailed for trying to become 'Islamic State' nurse in Syria Kazakhstan plans more non-stop international flights Tajik officials in Tashkent to discuss co-operation, upcoming state visit Tashkent begins construction on $1.4 billion High Tech City project Senior US diplomat visits Bishkek, Dushanbe US ambassador lauds success of Nazarbayev-Trump meeting Tajikistan foiled 3 terrorist plots in Sughd in 2017: official Jeenbekov, Rahmon discuss regional projects, co-operation