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Pro-Kremlin media launch smear campaign against Caravanserai | Analysis
Pro-Kremlin media launch smear campaign against Caravanserai

The nature of the campaign exposes what Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime fear the most: the truth.

'Islamic State' supporters accuse each other of betrayal online | Terrorism
'Islamic State' supporters accuse each other of betrayal online

In one incident, IS elements accused a long-time supporter of the group of being a spy and of spreading false news in an attempt to destabilise the group and sow discord among its members.

Kremlin stokes fears of IS to tighten military grip on Kyrgyzstan | Security
Kremlin stokes fears of IS to tighten military grip on Kyrgyzstan

A joint military exercise in Issyk-Kul is Moscow's latest attempt to hype up terrorist threats for its own aims.

Historic military exercises mark new phase in Tajik-Uzbek relations | Security
Historic military exercises mark new phase in Tajik-Uzbek relations

Tajik and Uzbek forces participated in the 'Indestructible Brotherhood' exercises, the first joint drills since the two countries' independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Central Asian analysts call for joint efforts in fight against online extremism | Terrorism
Central Asian analysts call for joint efforts in fight against online extremism

International and local specialists came together in Bishkek to discuss ways to counter terrorism and extremist recruiters on the internet and messaging apps.

Pro-Kremlin internet trolls ramp up complex operations in Central Asia | Analysis
Pro-Kremlin internet trolls ramp up complex operations in Central Asia

Central Asia, which Moscow has traditionally considered to be within its sphere of influence, is especially at risk because of the prevalence of Russian news sites spreading the Kremlin's propaganda.

Central Asia eyes new financial means to weather natural disasters | Environment
Central Asia eyes new financial means to weather natural disasters

Central Asia experienced catastrophic natural disasters throughout the 20th century, and international bodies like the World Bank have programs to help make the region more financially resilient during future events.

Kazakhstan falls victim to Russia-inspired sugar shortage | Economy
Kazakhstan falls victim to Russia-inspired sugar shortage

Russia's coercive economic policies have led to a massive shortage of sugar in Kazakhstan, threatening the livelihoods of local businesses and harming the nation's citizens.

Kremlin attempts to dupe Russian speakers with manipulated IS video | Analysis
Kremlin attempts to dupe Russian speakers with manipulated IS video

The botched video is an example of the failing attempts of the Russian regime to spread unsubstantiated claims -- this one targeting Russian and Arabic speakers.

Extremist video from Syria stirs apprehension in Kazakhstan | Terrorism
Extremist video from Syria stirs apprehension in Kazakhstan

A recent video by alleged Kazakh extremists in Syria has once again brought the issue of extremist recruiting to the forefront.

Putin claims Russia is 'peaceful country' during largest ever military drills | Security
Putin claims Russia is 'peaceful country' during largest ever military drills

The claim diverges from the Kremlin's actions around the world, including in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

US-based Webster University opens its doors to Uzbek students | Education
US-based Webster University opens its doors to Uzbek students

Uzbek students are looking forward to the opportunity to receive American education without leaving Uzbekistan.

American Councils NGO returns to Uzbekistan amid renewed US-Uzbek ties | Education
American Councils NGO returns to Uzbekistan amid renewed US-Uzbek ties

The American Councils for International Education, which previously operated in Uzbekistan, has become the first US-based NGO to be accredited in the country in more than a decade.

Final push begins in Syria to destroy last remnants of IS 'caliphate' | Security
Final push begins in Syria to destroy last remnants of IS 'caliphate'

The push against the terrorist group in Syria is expected to drive the final nail into the coffin of the group's dreams of establishing statehood.

OSCE trains Central Asians how to counter IED threat | Security
OSCE trains Central Asians how to counter IED threat

US, UN and British specialists shared best practices in countering IEDs with military and civilian officials from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Turkic Council summit in Kyrgyzstan brings hope of greater co-operation | Diplomacy
Turkic Council summit in Kyrgyzstan brings hope of greater co-operation

Turkic co-operation could enable Central Asian countries to be less dependent on superpowers such as Russia and China, say local analysts.

In photos: Uzbek food festival in Astana shows off national dishes | Society
In photos: Uzbek food festival in Astana shows off national dishes

Hundreds of Astana residents and other guests visited the exhibition to listen to Uzbek pop performers and to taste a different national cuisine.

Russia's largest ever war games deemed hostile to Central Asia | Security
Russia's largest ever war games deemed hostile to Central Asia

The reported involvement of 300,000 troops in the drills is a stark reminder for Central Asians of Russia's recent invasions of neighbouring countries, including Ukraine and Georgia.

Regional conference in Astana promotes women's rights in Afghanistan | Women's Rights
Regional conference in Astana promotes women's rights in Afghanistan

Kazakhstan called on neighbouring states and the international community to promote and expand the rights and opportunities of their Afghan sisters.

Russia's hybrid warfare tactics pose 'direct threat' to Central Asia | Analysis
Russia's hybrid warfare tactics pose 'direct threat' to Central Asia

Moscow has infiltrated Central Asian countries with pro-Russian organisations in an attempt to promote its interests and influence local populations, according to observers.

Making toys gives hope to young Kazakhs with disabilities | Economy
Making toys gives hope to young Kazakhs with disabilities

Jobs are giving previously unemployed young Kazakhs an outlet for their energies and a source of income.

Uzbekistan shifts from Soviet-era public perception of law enforcement | Security
Uzbekistan shifts from Soviet-era public perception of law enforcement

New reforms and resolutions aim to enhance the level of professionalism among police officers, enabling them to improve public relations.

US military prepares Kazakh peacekeepers for deployment to Lebanon | Security
US military prepares Kazakh peacekeepers for deployment to Lebanon

Kazakhstan's UN peacekeeping battalion -- recently made into a regiment -- has been serving since 2000.

'We are not stupid,' insulted Kyrgyz tell Russian media outlets | Media
'We are not stupid,' insulted Kyrgyz tell Russian media outlets

Russian media abroad try to highlight friendly ties with populations in Central Asia, but at home, they are busy inciting ethnic hatred and fear toward the same people.

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Kyrgyz authorities detain man accused of transferring fighters to Syria USAID launches project to improve competitiveness of Kyrgyz businesses Jeenbekov arrives in New York for UN General Assembly debate Moscow authorities unfairly detain over 100 Central Asian migrants: human rights activist International specialists at Tashkent forum discuss Central Asia's transport corridors UN report warns of women's rights violations in Kyrgyzstan Uzbek officials meet with US delegation from Mississippi OSCE trains Kazakh specialists how to counter terror financing Tajikistan, Uzbekistan set to hold joint military exercises in Sughd Kyrgyz authorities arrest suspected terrorist Tashkent to host Central Asian transportation conference Kyrgyz migrants complain of Russian employers' failure to pay wages Funds seized in corruption cases fill Kyrgyz government's coffers Uzbek officials, US diplomat discuss bilateral relations Kyrgyzstan blocks 16 extremist websites, continues anti-radicalism efforts Kyrgyzstan to build schools with funds seized in corruption cases US religious freedom ambassador to confer with Uzbek leaders Tajik paratroopers join Regional Co-operation 2018 exercises in the US Poll shows Kyrgyz youth familiar with bride kidnapping Kyrgyzstan launches 100-day-long campaign against human trafficking OSCE to train Kazakh specialists in corruption risk management Kyrgyz Interior Ministry warns of women joining extremist groups Kyrgyz lawmaker calls for judicial transparency to prevent extremism Tajik government proposes mandatory asset declarations for civil servants Kyrgyzstan launches autumn draft, seeks skilled youth 5 Kazakhs go on trial in connection with deadly bus fire in Aktobe