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2018-04-23 | Terrorism
2018-04-23 | Terrorism

Faltering 'Islamic State' stoops to brainwashing children

Ravaged by air strikes and declining morale, IS in Afghanistan has responded to its increasingly desperate situation by manipulating society's most vulnerable members -- children.


2018-04-20 | Business
2018-04-20 | Business

Rural residents in Kazakhstan learn key entrepreneurial skills

Residents of rural areas in Kazakhstan are learning how to start their own businesses.


2018-04-20 | Terrorism
2018-04-20 | Terrorism

Tajik court sentences 7 members of one family for trying to join IS

The various Nasriddinov relatives were part of 28 would-be militants who tried to cross from Turkey into Syria in three SUVs. Their vehicle was stopped by Turkish police.


2018-04-19 | Youth
2018-04-19 | Youth

Kyrgyz youth learn how to raise awareness on social issues through video

The 'Cameras in the Hands of Children' project will help Kyrgyz high school students highlight social problems in their communities through videos, co-ordinators say.


2018-04-18 | Education
2018-04-18 | Education

Kazakhstani officials investigate kindergartens violating religious education law

The Atyrau provincial government is keeping an eye on kindergartens that appear to be pushing non-secular education, and potentially religious extremism, on their pupils.


2018-04-17 | Environment
2018-04-17 | Environment

US-funded environmental competition promotes 'green' living in Kazakhstan

A seven-day project helped about 200 participants understand the importance of protecting the environment.


2018-04-17 | Security
2018-04-17 | Security

Fears of tampering soar after Russia delays chemical inspectors in Syria

The Kremlin cited 'security concerns' for the continued delay, despite the fact the Syrian government organised a tour of the town where the attack took place for the foreign press.


2018-04-16 | Media
2018-04-16 | Media

Revelations erode Uzbekistanis' trust in Russia-backed media outlets

The Kremlin's use of Facebook to influence Uzbekistanis with a malicious propaganda campaign has raised concern among social media users, while Sputnik Uzbekistan's blatant agenda has failed to resonate.


2018-04-14 | Security
2018-04-14 | Security

Russia stews in isolation as international community backs strikes on Syria

The near unanimous international support for the strikes carried out on the Syrian regime for its continued use of chemical weapons has left the Kremlin further isolated and discredited.


2018-04-13 | Security
2018-04-13 | Security

Uzbek intelligence agency reforms bring oversight, new direction

The once infamous National Security Service (SNB) has changed its name and implemented oversight and other reforms in order to tackle rising security threats and abuse of power.


2018-04-12 | Media
2018-04-12 | Media

US-funded project to promote new generation of Kazakhstani experts

The US embassy is planning a number of events to bring about a new generation of commentators on various matters.


2018-04-12 | Security
2018-04-12 | Security

Death of Uzbek 'Islamic State' leader sparks infighting in Afghanistan

The replacement of Qari Hikmatullah with another Uzbek suggests the group is having difficulty replacing its leaders and is being forced to depend on foreign fighters with fluctuating loyalties.


2018-04-11 | Environment
2018-04-11 | Environment

Soviet-era uranium disposal in Tajikistan leaves troubled legacy

Threats to the environment and to public health haunt Tajikistan 27 years after the Soviet collapse.


2018-04-11 | Security
2018-04-11 | Security

'Travesty' at UN affirms Russia's complicity in Syria chemical attack

Russia vetoed an investigation into the chemical attack in Douma and followed with toothless proposals that lacked mechanisms to identify the perpetrators of the war crime.


2018-04-10 | Security
2018-04-10 | Security

Central Asian law enforcement officers to undergo border security, anti-WMD training

The training will take place in Tajikistan at a US-funded regional training centre designed to prevent trafficking in nuclear materials and WMDs.


2018-04-10 | Security
2018-04-10 | Security

Kremlin bows to pressure, flip-flops on Syria chemical attack probe

Moscow has insisted there is no evidence for a chemical attack despite being faced with numerous videos and pictures to the contrary.


2018-04-09 | Security
2018-04-09 | Security

Russia 'must be held to account' for latest chemical attack in Syria

International leaders expressed outrage and urged a 'strong' response after the latest alleged use of chemical weapons by the Kremlin-backed Syrian regime.


2018-04-06 | Environment
2018-04-06 | Environment

Alarm grows in Kazakhstan as Kremlin boasts success in recent missile tests

Kazakhstanis are wondering why their country has to bear all the environment costs of Kremlin projects that benefit only Russia.


2018-04-05 | Economy
2018-04-05 | Economy

Kazakhstani farmers begin spring planting in southern provinces

To increase efficiency and share costs, farmers are forming co-ops.


2018-04-05 | Media
2018-04-05 | Media

Former Afghan official falls victim to Sputnik's 'fake news'

The former head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security is at the centre of a recent Sputnik report that he calls 'a complete lie'.


2018-04-04 | Education
2018-04-04 | Education

Kyrgyzstan introduces new safety standards in schools

International donors are helping Kyrgyzstan improve the educational environment in schools nationwide, project co-ordinators say.


2018-04-04 | Media
2018-04-04 | Media

Facebook deletes hundreds of accounts linked to Russian 'troll factory'

The now-defunct resources targeted readers in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other Russian-language speakers around the world, Facebook said.


2018-04-03 | Health
2018-04-03 | Health

International donors help Tajikistan modernise water, wastewater services

Tajikistan, a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia, is blessed by nature and awe-inspiring views. But since it gained independence in 1991, it has yet to enjoy sustainable growth.


2018-04-02 | Crime & Justice
2018-04-02 | Crime & Justice

Uzbekistani police use social media to improve transparency, public relations

Uzbekistani law enforcement agencies are using the internet to work more closely with citizens, moving away from a past image of 'repressive authority'.