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Kyrgyzstan's new cybersecurity strategy aims to protect state, personal data | Technology
Kyrgyzstan's new cybersecurity strategy aims to protect state, personal data

The 'Cybersecurity Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2019-2023' will develop measures to protect Kyrgyz citizens, businesses and institutions from hackers and cyber espionage.

Unproven claims overshadow Russia's bluster over two new weapons | Security
Unproven claims overshadow Russia's bluster over two new weapons

Putin's claims that Russia's newest weapons are invulnerable have been widely ridiculed by defence analysts and observers as far-fetched and politically motivated.

Uzbekistan makes progress in respecting religious freedom | Religion
Uzbekistan makes progress in respecting religious freedom

Uzbekistan's efforts to improve religious tolerance and streamline the registration of religious organisations are being recognised internationally.

Renewed Kyrgyz-US co-operation paves way for deepening relations | Diplomacy
Renewed Kyrgyz-US co-operation paves way for deepening relations

Financial and technical support from the United States will greatly benefit Kyrgyzstan, say analysts.

Uzbekistan sets sights on fine winemaking | Economy
Uzbekistan sets sights on fine winemaking

A government-backed effort seeks to increase wine exports and double the area under cultivation by the end of 2021.

Once powerful media outlets of IS now second-rate | Media
Once powerful media outlets of IS now second-rate

The military, ideological and cyber wars being waged against IS have greatly impaired the group's media capabilities.

Russia refuses to allow inspectors see nuclear missile violating treaty | Diplomacy
Russia refuses to allow inspectors see nuclear missile violating treaty

Washington and NATO allies have accused Moscow for five years of violating the INF Treaty, and a Russian diplomat said his country will refuse to allow inspectors verify that claim.

Kazakhstan toughens stance against extremists, focuses on rehabilitation | Religion
Kazakhstan toughens stance against extremists, focuses on rehabilitation

Kazakh authorities are working to rehabilitate militants and their families who have returned from Syria, while at the same time strengthening anti-terrorism laws.

Female farmers, entrepreneurs undergo training in Tashkent | Business
Female farmers, entrepreneurs undergo training in Tashkent

Uzbek farmers are learning about greenhouse management, food safety, fruit and vegetable exports, and other areas of agribusiness.

100MW solar plant to boost Kazakhstan's renewable power generation | Energy
100MW solar plant to boost Kazakhstan's renewable power generation

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Green Climate Fund are backing the largest solar plant built at one time in Central Asia.

Kazakh telecom operators announce up to 50% price drop | Technology
Kazakh telecom operators announce up to 50% price drop

Taking a cue from President Nursultan Nazarbayev's call to reduce the cost of public utilities, telecoms are dropping rates by 5%-50% for all subscribers.

Kyrgyzstan taking steps to protect youth from extremist recruiters | Religion
Kyrgyzstan taking steps to protect youth from extremist recruiters

New laws and reforms aim to protect children from the spread of extremist interpretations of Islam through the promotion of secular education and greater parental involvement.

Almaty conference focuses on preventing youth radicalisation | Youth
Almaty conference focuses on preventing youth radicalisation

An individual approach to countering extremism is most effective, Central Asian and international stakeholders said at a regional dialogue hosted by the UNDP.

International donors pledge $10 million to help Kyrgyzstan address climate change | Environment
International donors pledge $10 million to help Kyrgyzstan address climate change

The Green Climate Fund is allocating the funds as part of a UN World Food Programme project to help the country adapt to severe weather changes.

Bishkek hosts forum on media's role in countering extremism in Central Asia | Media
Bishkek hosts forum on media's role in countering extremism in Central Asia

Efforts are being made to produce high quality media content and raise the level of critical media consumption by representatives of civil society, decision-makers and ordinary citizens.

Russia 'fabricated' chemical weapons attack to undermine Syria truce | Security
Russia 'fabricated' chemical weapons attack to undermine Syria truce

The United States has 'credible information' that Russian allegations of a chemical weapons attack by Syrian rebels last month are false.

Uzbekistan's largest ever military drills show off readiness, reforms | Security
Uzbekistan's largest ever military drills show off readiness, reforms

The five-day drills represented a comprehensive test of the army's combat readiness, according to officials.

Neutralising IEDs focus of OSCE course in Tajikistan | Security
Neutralising IEDs focus of OSCE course in Tajikistan

Twenty-one law enforcement and military personnel from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took part in the course organised by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe.

Moscow faces last chance to save nuclear arms treaty, NATO allies warn | Security
Moscow faces last chance to save nuclear arms treaty, NATO allies warn

It is 'up to Russia' to fix its violations of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, the United States and NATO allies warned.

Kazakhstan strengthens efforts to repatriate citizens from Syria, Iraq | Terrorism
Kazakhstan strengthens efforts to repatriate citizens from Syria, Iraq

A government working group will work with the relatives of those who have left Kazakhstan for Syria and Iraq to bring them home.

Xenophobia towards Uzbek, Tajik migrants seen rising in Russia | Human Rights
Xenophobia towards Uzbek, Tajik migrants seen rising in Russia

Sociologists and independent polls report a sharp increase in xenophobia among Russians over the past year.

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Sweden charges 3 Central Asian men with planning terror attack New development plan implemented for North Kazakhstan Province Kazakh servicewoman to join UN peacekeeping mission for 1st time World Bank funds ambulances for Tajikistan's remote areas Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan reopen border crossing for Barak residents Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan to launch 'Silk Visa' programme US donates high-tech equipment to Kyrgyz Interior Ministry Jeenbekov deems closer relations with the US, EU a priority EU transfers €6.5 million to Kyrgyzstan to support social reforms Bishkek bolsters fire safety measures in preparation for New Year celebrations Uzbek prime minister arrives in Kyrgyzstan for co-operation talks Kazakh movie 'Ayka' on Oscar foreign-langauge film short list Kazakh police detain activists, journalists amid independence day celebrations Kazakhstan celebrates 27th anniversary of independence US delegation eyes new economic co-operation agreement with Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan's SCAT Airlines launches non-stop Astana-Dushanbe flight Kyrgyz lawmakers urge shift to organic food production OSCE trains Kazakh police instructors on risk profiling Kazakhstan found more than 15,000 illegal dual citizens: interior minister Kyrgyz students across country attend lectures on gender-based violence Investigation under way after explosive device kills 2 in Aktau Kyrgyz bride-kidnapping killer sentenced to 20 years in prison European bank sets sights on water projects in Kyrgyzstan for 2019 Western diplomats urge Tajikistan to protect press freedom Kyrgyz ex-deputy prime minister arrested on corruption charges Jeenbekov calls for joint effort to defeat corruption in Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan develops national system to fight corruption Over 500,000 tourists have visited Astana this year: report Uzbek government to cut funding to commercial banks EU transfers more than €9 million in education assistance to Kyrgyzstan Kazakh firm to make drones for National Guard Fugitive Kyrgyz customs chief arrested in Azerbaijan Cyber-security academy to train new generation of Kazakh specialists Pakistan eyes electricity exports to Tajikistan via CASA-1000 Uzbek-Kyrgyz trade in goods grows 50% over past year More than 300 Kyrgyz suspected or convicted of terrorism, extremism Tajikistan to fine importers of low-quality food Kyrgyz migrants in Russia aid 40 stranded compatriots US envoy for Afghan reconciliation to head to Central Asia for talks OSCE trains Kazakh specialists how to prevent cyber-related terrorist attacks