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Netherlands says it has proof of Russian violation of INF treaty | Science & Technology
Netherlands says it has proof of Russian violation of INF treaty

Dutch officials are backing up the long-standing assertion that Russia is flouting the landmark agreement of international security.

Kazakhstan remaining vigilant against threat of terrorism | Security
Kazakhstan remaining vigilant against threat of terrorism

Counter-terror exercises and ongoing investigations are among Kazakhstan's efforts against terrorism.

Bishkek authorities to improve monitoring of pollution levels, fine violators | Environment
Bishkek authorities to improve monitoring of pollution levels, fine violators

Three new environmental installations are expected to measure the pollution levels in Bishkek and will help authorities to reduce the smog hanging over the city.

Air Astana to launch budget airline for domestic flights | Transportation
Air Astana to launch budget airline for domestic flights

The new FlyArystan is expected to cut domestic airfares by almost half, company representatives say.

Uzbek anti-terrorism fight seen as model for other countries | Terrorism
Uzbek anti-terrorism fight seen as model for other countries

The number of crimes related to terrorism and extremism in Uzbekistan this year decreased by more than 65% compared to last year, according to officials.

Tensions spike after Russia seizes Ukrainian ships in Sea of Azov | Diplomacy
Tensions spike after Russia seizes Ukrainian ships in Sea of Azov

The crisis unfolded as two small Ukrainian warships and a tugboat were heading through the Kerch Strait, a waterway that gives access to the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea and that both Ukraine and Russia use.

Kazakhstan seeks to ban anonymous online money transfers to fight drug trafficking | Crime & Justice
Kazakhstan seeks to ban anonymous online money transfers to fight drug trafficking

New legislation is in the works to prevent drug traffickers from using anonymous online payment methods.

Russia fails in its bid to block investigations into chemical attacks | Diplomacy
Russia fails in its bid to block investigations into chemical attacks

Russia, whose ally Syria has been accused of carrying out numerous chemical weapons attacks, staunchly opposed giving the chemical arms watchdog power to attribute blame.

Tajikistan's Rogun Dam to end power shortages, provide export opportunities | Energy
Tajikistan's Rogun Dam to end power shortages, provide export opportunities

The $3.9 billion project is expected to transform the Tajik economy and warm relations with neighbouring countries such as Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Central Asian analysts sound alarm over Malhama Tactical mercenary group | Terrorism
Central Asian analysts sound alarm over Malhama Tactical mercenary group

The extremist private military contractor, founded by an Uzbek, has been operating in Syria and is seeking to expand, analysts warn.

Kazakhstan refuses to screen Russia's 'Crimean Bridge' propaganda film | Media
Kazakhstan refuses to screen Russia's 'Crimean Bridge' propaganda film

In addition to the film being paned by audience members and critics, airing the movie could have been construed as Kazakhstan's tacit approval of Russia's 2014 illegal annexation.

EU helps Central Asia contend with radioactive waste left by Russia | Environment
EU helps Central Asia contend with radioactive waste left by Russia

The European Union will allocate €10 million for the treatment of hazardous uranium tailings impoundments in the region leftover from the Soviet Union and Russian negligence.

Kazakhstan's success against poverty seen as key part in radicalisation fight | Society
Kazakhstan's success against poverty seen as key part in radicalisation fight

A major drop in poverty in Kazakhstan over the past two decades has helped limit the effectiveness of terrorist recruiters.

Kazakhstan establishes criminal liability for mid-air crime | Security
Kazakhstan establishes criminal liability for mid-air crime

Kazakhstan is joining the international community in criminalising airplane hijackings and other aviation related crimes.

Kyrgyzstan's new police force to focus on public safety, trust | Security
Kyrgyzstan's new police force to focus on public safety, trust

The new patrol police will assist the public while maintaining 'zero tolerance' for corruption.

World Bank urges investment in human capital for brighter economic future | Education
World Bank urges investment in human capital for brighter economic future

Central Asian states have been experiencing a visible decline in the quality of learning since independence, observers warn. Early intervention is key to reversing the trend.

Astana Hub to become 'Silicon Valley of Kazakhstan': officials | Technology
Astana Hub to become 'Silicon Valley of Kazakhstan': officials

Kazakhstan marked the official opening of the work of the Astana Hub International Technology Park of IT Startups.

Kazakh, international analysts discuss role of new technology in electoral processes | Elections
Kazakh, international analysts discuss role of new technology in electoral processes

Technology can play an important role in increasing transparency, accountability and public confidence in elections, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

Russia's self-serving energy deals in Central Asia reek of exploitation | Energy
Russia's self-serving energy deals in Central Asia reek of exploitation

Russia's claims of shared interests in Central Asian energy deals rings hollow when it comes to the strategic gas industry, observers say.

Central Asian migrants eye Kazakhstan as alternative to Russia | Human Rights
Central Asian migrants eye Kazakhstan as alternative to Russia

Facing injustice, racism and extortion in Russia, more Central Asian migrants are looking for a better life in Kazakhstan.

Central Asia looks on as Kremlin attempts to whitewash repression | Human Rights
Central Asia looks on as Kremlin attempts to whitewash repression

Russia is trying to forget the brutal period of former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, but activists and relatives of the victims are keeping the memory alive.

Headlines

US embassy hands over $500,000 border post to Tajikistan EU representative to Central Asia meets with Kyrgyz officials in Bishkek Kazakh government to raise minimum wage, boost social aid Russian, Kazakh hackers conned firms out of millions, say US prosecutors Tashkent sees drop in crime for 2018 Kazakhstan declares support for 'de-escalation of tensions' in Sea of Azov Kazakh, Uzbek lawmakers ink co-operation memorandum Uzbekistan launches large-scale military maneuvers Kyrgyz immigrants from China ask Jeenbekov for help in freeing imprisoned relatives Suspect in slaying of foreign cyclists in Tajikistan sentenced to life in prison US embassy to hold professional English programme for Kazakh journalists USAID, Kyrgyz Education Ministry to present results of pupil literacy assessment Tajik, Uzbek lawmakers meet in Dushanbe to pledge co-operation EU, Kyrgyzstan continue negotiations on enhanced co-operation agreement US lawmakers hold co-operation talks in Tashkent Tajik prosecutor seeks life sentence for suspect in slaying of foreign cyclists BBC 100 Women 2018 includes 2 from Central Asia US-Kazakh joint venture seeks to develop high-yield seeds for Kazakh farmers British Council backs projects to develop Kazakhstan's 'creative economy' Tajik, Kazakh law enforcement learn key counterterrorism skills in US-funded course Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan launch new Chirchik-Almaty bus route EU-funded hotline to assist victims of domestic violence in Tajikistan Uzbeks studying in US up 13% USAID-backed agribusiness project in Tajikistan eyes efficiency, competitiveness Nazarbayev inaugurates trading on Astana International Exchange Death toll in Tajik prison riot grows to at least 50: government sources Kyrgyz, Kazakh officials meet in Astana to discuss security issues Central Asian journalists, analysts discuss media freedom in Astana Prison riot in Tajikistan leaves at least 20 dead Uzbek, Kyrgyz officials discuss security, public safety along the border US embassy in Dushanbe to host fair for International Education Week Almaty unveils plaque honouring slain figure skater Denis Ten Kazakhstan plans to bolster housing construction programme EU, Kyrgyzstan set sights on expanded co-operation agreement Kazakhstan eyes new telecom satellite for Central Asia Kyrgyzstan set to establish new patrol police force USAID-backed plant to develop dairy production in southern Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz authorities arrest 9 suspected terrorists Atyrau hosts fair on opportunities for free education abroad US embassy in Tajikistan announces start of student exchange programme Kyrgyzstan seeks international help to implement development strategy Kazakhstan shows improvement in World Bank's ranking of business reforms