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Central Asian journalists, youth learn ways to 'resist disinformation' | Media
Central Asian journalists, youth learn ways to 'resist disinformation'

Internews' latest Eduthon conference in Astana focused on raising media literacy and countering extremism in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

'Islamic State' will be defeated in Syria within a month: commander | Security
'Islamic State' will be defeated in Syria within a month: commander

The top commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces says the operation to oust IS from Syria is nearing a conclusion.

Central Asian states move forward with shift to Latin alphabet | Politics
Central Asian states move forward with shift to Latin alphabet

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan all raised the status of their nation's languages after independence, and now there is major movement toward the Latin alphabet.

Facebook uncovers Sputnik-linked disinformation accounts targeting Central Asia | Media
Facebook uncovers Sputnik-linked disinformation accounts targeting Central Asia

Facebook removed 364 pages and accounts that claimed to be independent, but in fact had ties to Sputnik employees.

Russia continues denials as deadline approaches to destroy nuclear missile | Diplomacy
Russia continues denials as deadline approaches to destroy nuclear missile

Russian defence and foreign ministry officials insist the range of the missile system falls 20 kilometres short of violating the INF agreement. Observers say real proof is needed.

New service centres symbolise ongoing police reforms in Kazakhstan | Society
New service centres symbolise ongoing police reforms in Kazakhstan

New, modernised offices are helping police provide better service to civilians and help prevent corruption, law enforcement officials say.

Al-Qaeda calls for the destruction of IS and its 'deviant' caliph al-Baghdadi | Religion
Al-Qaeda calls for the destruction of IS and its 'deviant' caliph al-Baghdadi

Al-Qaeda says 'Islamic State' members are unable to understand Islamic texts and are bent on carrying out treason and treachery wherever they have influence. The same however could be said of al-Qaeda.

Kyrgyzstan works toward eradicating bride kidnapping | Women's Rights
Kyrgyzstan works toward eradicating bride kidnapping

The brutal murder of a woman inside a police station last year shocked the nation and prompted government action about this issue.

Kazakhstan praised for rescuing dozens of citizens from IS in Syria | Terrorism
Kazakhstan praised for rescuing dozens of citizens from IS in Syria

The operation brought home 47 Kazakh nationals -- including 11 women and 30 children -- from Syria, according to the government.

Russia signals willingness to save INF treaty as it remains in 'material breach' | Security
Russia signals willingness to save INF treaty as it remains in 'material breach'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow was ready to work with Washington to save a crucial arms control treaty, but Russia continues to violate the deal.

European bank helps modernise Uzbek power plant | Energy
European bank helps modernise Uzbek power plant

The investment will address a major issue for the region: the provision of uninterrupted and sustainable power supply to support economic growth and to improve the well-being of the population.

Kyrgyzstan tightens laws to ensure public order, protect the environment | Society
Kyrgyzstan tightens laws to ensure public order, protect the environment

Kyrgyz society is in a heated debate about the new rules, which include hefty fines for traffic violations, spitting on the street and burning garbage.

Kremlin jails nuclear scientists responsible for Russia's 'invincible' new weapons | Science & Technology
Kremlin jails nuclear scientists responsible for Russia's 'invincible' new weapons

Recent imprisonments of accomplished Russian nuclear weapons scientists raise further questions about the dubious claims made about new nuclear capable missiles and systems.

Afghanistan remains centerpiece of Uzbekistan's foreign policy for 2019 | Diplomacy
Afghanistan remains centerpiece of Uzbekistan's foreign policy for 2019

Conflict resolution and economic development in Afghanistan will be some of the main priorities of Uzbekistan's foreign policy in 2019, the president said.

Kazakhstan's spiritual administration details 2018 achievements | Religion
Kazakhstan's spiritual administration details 2018 achievements

Among other achievements, more than 500 Kazakh citizens abandoned radicalism last year, according to the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan (DUMK).

Kazakhstan rehabilitating children recently returned from Syria, Iraq | Terrorism
Kazakhstan rehabilitating children recently returned from Syria, Iraq

It is essential to quickly rehabilitate, educate and reintegrate into society children returning from conflict zones, analysts say.

Russia moving nuclear-capable missile system into Europe | Security
Russia moving nuclear-capable missile system into Europe

The Kremlin's latest provocation involves the Iskander-M missile system, which is capable of launching a nuclear missile in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

2018: A year of pivotal events in Central Asia | Analysis
2018: A year of pivotal events in Central Asia

Central Asian countries have openly demonstrated their foreign policy priorities, in which regional co-operation and partnerships with the United States play a crucial role, observers say.

New policy in Uzbekistan aims to help female ex-convicts | Crime & Justice
New policy in Uzbekistan aims to help female ex-convicts

The new strategy involves programmes that help women who have committed crimes find work and reintegrate into society.

Kazakh film 'Ayka' makes Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film | Society
Kazakh film 'Ayka' makes Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film

The film tells the story of a Kyrgyz woman working illegally in Moscow, who abandons her child at first but then does everything she can to find him.

In photos: A New Year's winter fairy tale in the streets of Kazakhstan | Society
In photos: A New Year's winter fairy tale in the streets of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's cities are dressed up for the upcoming New Year, with preparations under way to say good bye to the old year and to welcome 2019.

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Uzbekistan extradites suspected embezzler to Kazakhstan Uzbekistan to boost natural gas deliveries to Tajikistan Kyrgyz tourists visiting Uzbekistan more than doubled last year US donates $3.8 million radar system to Tajik Border Guards Kyrgyz citizen held in migrant roundup after Magnitogorsk blasts Tajikistan, Uzbekistan discuss railway co-operation, discounts on cargo rates Ex-Kyrgyz prosecutor general proposes Kyrgyz fluency requirement for officials Kazakh, Kyrgyz authorities discuss cross-border smuggling Mirziyoyev eyes closer co-operation, investment during Berlin visit Protesters in Bishkek demand action against migrants Central Asian countries called upon to prioritise human rights Kyrgyz Education Ministry promotes Kyrgyz language with online courses Prosecutor seeks 20-year prison terms for Denis Ten's suspected killers Afghanistan extradites 5 Jamaat Ansarullah members to Tajikistan Uzbek internet users regain unhindered access to social networks Kyrgyz MP asks for speedy adoption of pact with US Kyrgyz musical is screened at California film festival 6 suspected 'Islamic State' militants arrested in Almaty Assailant confesses to stabbing Kazakh Olympian Denis Ten Russia proposes law that allows shooting down of passenger planes Kyrgyz ex-PM faces fresh corruption charges 4 Central Asian suspected militants captured in Syria More than 350 Kazakh citizens still in Syria Magnitogorsk police raid Central Asian migrants' homes after building explosion Uzbekistan makes NY Times' list of top world destinations Kazakhstan evacuates dozens of 'hostages' from Syria Kyrgyzstan creates position of business ombudsman Former prosecutor-general goes on trial in Uzbekistan Swedish terror trial of 6 Central Asians begins Hundreds bid farewell to Tajik family killed in Russian building collapse Tajik soldier killed in Afghan border clash: source Kazakh FM confers with Uzbek, Tajik counterparts Germans to enjoy visa-free travel to Uzbekistan Kazakh police officer fired over New Year video message Trial of Olympic medalist Denis Ten's suspected killers begins in Almaty 1 Tajik rescued, 10 missing in Russia apartment building blast