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Conference highlights Kazakh co-operation with Germany on sustainable agriculture | Economy
Conference highlights Kazakh co-operation with Germany on sustainable agriculture

With 210 million hectares of agricultural land, second in the world, there are 'colossal opportunities' in Kazakhstan in this field.

Russia-backed nuclear project in Uzbekistan raises questions of safety, influence | Environment
Russia-backed nuclear project in Uzbekistan raises questions of safety, influence

Some analysts are viewing the effort as politically driven, while environmentalists are already sounding the alarm.

Russian violations threaten to kill off decades-old nuclear arms treaty | Diplomacy
Russian violations threaten to kill off decades-old nuclear arms treaty

Since 2013, the US has been pointing out Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which was instrumental to ending the Cold War. But Putin appears not to care.

Economic co-operation with China gains luster as Russian policies falter in Central Asia | Diplomacy
Economic co-operation with China gains luster as Russian policies falter in Central Asia

China is making inroads in Central Asia in economic and development spheres, while Russia is losing influence and trust in the region, say analysts.

Trial of extradited terror suspect highlights Kazakhstan's anti-radicalism efforts | Terrorism
Trial of extradited terror suspect highlights Kazakhstan's anti-radicalism efforts

Ongoing arrests and extraditions of terrorism suspects send a clear message to those who are considering throwing their lives away for the sake of false ideals, observers say.

Russia continues disinformation campaign, deems Syrian saviours 'terrorists' | Politics
Russia continues disinformation campaign, deems Syrian saviours 'terrorists'

Using similar tactics to those seen in Central Asia, Moscow is attempting to achieve its aims by spreading false information.

Security, aviation personnel overcome hijackers in Almaty exercise | Security
Security, aviation personnel overcome hijackers in Almaty exercise

More than 100 security personnel and aviation academy instructors and students participated in the counter-terrorism exercise at Almaty International Airport.

Central Asian Trade Forum in Tashkent focuses on 'new horizons' | Economy
Central Asian Trade Forum in Tashkent focuses on 'new horizons'

The USAID-funded forum reflects growth in Central Asia's openness to regional and international trade, according to the organisers.

Botched Russian Soyuz launch alarms Kazakh environmentalists | Environment
Botched Russian Soyuz launch alarms Kazakh environmentalists

Activists are calling on the government to declare the Baikonur Cosmodrome an environmental disaster zone and force Russia to leave the space port.

Putin jokes about Russian 'martyrs' in potential nuclear holocaust | Security
Putin jokes about Russian 'martyrs' in potential nuclear holocaust

The possible deaths of millions across the world through the use of nuclear weapons are a joke to the Russian president.

Kazakhstan labels Kyrgyz religious group Yakyn Inkar as extremist | Crime & Justice
Kazakhstan labels Kyrgyz religious group Yakyn Inkar as extremist

Adherents of Yakyn Inkar categorically deny the right of other religions to exist and predict an unavoidable conflict with them -- beliefs that fall under the definition of religious extremism.

New US Consul General to Kazakhstan pledges greater co-operation | Diplomacy
New US Consul General to Kazakhstan pledges greater co-operation

'Kazakhstan has an important leadership role in Central Asia,' US Consul General in Almaty Eric Meyer told Caravanserai.

Uzbekistan to see dividends from joint project with ExxonMobil | Energy
Uzbekistan to see dividends from joint project with ExxonMobil

The US-based company will provide and install equipment to produce base oils in Fergana Province under an agreement with Uzbek joint-stock company Uzbekneftegaz.

Reforms aim to increase efficiency of Kazakhstan's law enforcement agencies | Security
Reforms aim to increase efficiency of Kazakhstan's law enforcement agencies

Better working conditions and advanced training aim to improve Kazakh police officers' ability to protect the public.

Russian military exercises near Lake Issyk-Kul draw ire of Kyrgyz | Security
Russian military exercises near Lake Issyk-Kul draw ire of Kyrgyz

Kyrgyz citizens, environmentalists and civil society activists are calling on the government to stop Russia-led military exercises from dropping ordinance on the country's main tourist attraction.

World religious leaders gather in Astana to promote peace | Religion
World religious leaders gather in Astana to promote peace

More than 80 delegations from 46 countries participated in the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the Kazakh capital.

Spotlight glares on recent blunders of Russia's military intelligence | Security
Spotlight glares on recent blunders of Russia's military intelligence

Russian agents bent on assassination, hacking and other crimes have recently left a trail of bungling around the world.

Uzbekistan to allow repentant former extremists to return home | Terrorism
Uzbekistan to allow repentant former extremists to return home

The measure will give amnesty and rehabilitation to Uzbek citizens who unwittingly joined a banned extremist group or accidentally downloaded extremist materials.

Russian influence wanes in Central Asia amid China's growing economic clout | Economy
Russian influence wanes in Central Asia amid China's growing economic clout

China's economic investment in Central Asian threatens Russia's interests and influence in the region, analysts say.

Russia's rejection of Afghan-led peace process exposes Kremlin's true aims | Security
Russia's rejection of Afghan-led peace process exposes Kremlin's true aims

The Kremlin's efforts to reschedule a failed conference are not meant to establish peace in Afghanistan but rather to promote its own objectives.

Kazakhs speak out about illegal detentions in China's Xinjiang | Human Rights
Kazakhs speak out about illegal detentions in China's Xinjiang

Family members of Kazakh citizens are getting caught up in the sweeping arrests being made by Chinese authorities in Xinjiang, where more than 1.5 million ethnic Kazakhs live.

In photos: live-action simulations of human trafficking raids in Kazakhstan | Human Rights
In photos: live-action simulations of human trafficking raids in Kazakhstan

The unique training organised by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) involves professional actors and true stories of human trafficking.

Kyrgyz migrants seeking better life in Russia face injustice, prejudice | Human Rights
Kyrgyz migrants seeking better life in Russia face injustice, prejudice

Central Asian migrants working in Russia face numerous human rights violations, including physical violence, sexual assault, poor working conditions and non-payment of salaries.

New regulations in Uzbekistan detail procedures to block extremist websites | Technology
New regulations in Uzbekistan detail procedures to block extremist websites

Uzbekistan has adopted rules for blocking sites containing information prohibited by law, such as extremism, separatism, drug propaganda, pornography and other threats to national security.

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Russia's sole aircraft carrier damaged in floating dock mishap Kyrgyz authorities detain alleged financier of Syrian terrorists Kazakh peacekeepers join UN mission in Lebanon Kazakhstan loosens requirements for cutting off communications Kazakh authorities detain 10 accused of online terrorist propaganda US State Department donates equipment to Kyrgyz prosecutor general Russia convicts 2 Kyrgyz citizens of terror-related offences Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan discuss relations, common visa Kyrgyzstan holding 191 for extremism-related crimes: officials Kazakh deputy PM emphasises growing co-operation with US US commerce secretary confers with Central Asian leaders Trial starts for suspect in killings of foreign tourists in Tajikistan Kyrgyz authorities relaunch terror-related investigation after finding buried car Kazakhstan works on deal to export gasoline to Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan begins construction of 'green village' in Kostomar Tajik Interior Ministry offers to help former militants return from Syria, Iraq Annual Tajik-US co-operation talks to take place in Dushanbe Afghanistan opens new consulate in Termez EU loans to help solve water, energy issues in Uzbekistan Kyrgyz border authorities report probes of military personnel Uzbekistan to increase frequency of Tashkent-Dushanbe flights to twice a week US provides $8 million in equipment to boost Tajik border security Tashkent to host annual Central Asian Trade Forum Mirziyoyev concludes visit to France, negotiations with Macron Suspect in Kyrgyz bride kidnapping murder case pleads partially guilty Tajikistan, Uzbekistan launch mine-clearing operation along shared border Kyrgyz foreign minister notes progress on regional border issues Kyrgyz authorities cut off international drug trafficking route Tajikistan urges UN to take leading role in fight against terrorism Kyrgyz-Kazakh Business Council discusses widening co-operation European Bank adopts new strategy for work in Uzbekistan US volunteers arrive in Kazakhstan to teach English in rural areas Kyrgyz agencies continue deposits to corruption compensation fund Kyrgyzstan increases pensions for hundreds of thousands