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France to hold Syria, Russia responsible for any further chemical attacks | Security
France to hold Syria, Russia responsible for any further chemical attacks

Paris, alongside coalition partners such as the United States, is ready to again launch punitive strikes against the Syrian regime 'if necessary.'

Kyrgyz protesters brand Putin an 'occupier' during visit to Bishkek | Protests
Kyrgyz protesters brand Putin an 'occupier' during visit to Bishkek

The visit marked an embarrassing moment for the Russian president, who was also deemed a killer by local residents disgusted with the Kremlin's policies.

Facebook takes down more malign Russian influence accounts | Media
Facebook takes down more malign Russian influence accounts

Facebook is continuing to root out fake influence accounts, most of which have been linked to Russia.

In step to ensure human rights, Kyrgyzstan ratifies UN pact on disabilities | Human Rights
In step to ensure human rights, Kyrgyzstan ratifies UN pact on disabilities

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities seeks to ensure their rights and freedoms.

'Islamic State' loses final territory in Syria, and its so-called 'caliphate' crumbles | Terrorism
'Islamic State' loses final territory in Syria, and its so-called 'caliphate' crumbles

The fall of Baghouz, the last remaining bastion of the 'Islamic State', marks the death of its so-called 'caliphate', but the threat of the terrorist group remains.

End is near for doomed 'Islamic State' fighters in Syria | Terrorism
End is near for doomed 'Islamic State' fighters in Syria

Recent gains brought a months-old operation to wipe out the last vestige of IS's once-sprawling proto-state closer to its inevitable outcome.

'Grief, suffering and disappointment': Wives of Tajik militants tell their stories | Terrorism
'Grief, suffering and disappointment': Wives of Tajik militants tell their stories

Okila Urokova, the wife of a Tajik militant who travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was eventually able to return home, unlike others.

Kazakhstan begins adjusting to post-Nazarbayev era | Politics
Kazakhstan begins adjusting to post-Nazarbayev era

Former President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his daughter will remain prominent in Kazakh politics, and the capital Astana is being renamed 'Nursultan' after the former president.

Amid warming ties, US backs educational opportunities for Uzbeks | Education
Amid warming ties, US backs educational opportunities for Uzbeks

Closer relations means more opportunities for Uzbek students to study in the United States.

Unease grows in Central Asia as Putin celebrates anniversary of Crimea seizure | Security
Unease grows in Central Asia as Putin celebrates anniversary of Crimea seizure

While Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates the Kremlin's illegal annexation, Central Asian countries wonder if the same could happen to them.

Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan relations get boost with new bus, plane routes | Society
Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan relations get boost with new bus, plane routes

New transport options reflect moves by the two countries to enhance ties.

International Women's Day renews focus on rights abuses in Central Asia | Women's Rights
International Women's Day renews focus on rights abuses in Central Asia

International human rights organisations call out continuing problems of gender inequality and domestic violence in the region.

USAID helps open Osh's first modern animal feed mill | Business
USAID helps open Osh's first modern animal feed mill

The new mill will help feed livestock in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Observers express continued concern over extremist propaganda in Kazakhstan | Terrorism
Observers express continued concern over extremist propaganda in Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan have identified several terrorist groups since the beginning of the year and have foiled a planned attack on military and police.

Kremlin evades historical facts of devastating 1930s famine in Kazakhstan | Human Rights
Kremlin evades historical facts of devastating 1930s famine in Kazakhstan

Russia fears historical responsibility and refuses to admit that the Soviet regime deliberately created the famine.

China chips away at Russia's security influence in Central Asia | Security
China chips away at Russia's security influence in Central Asia

Chinese behaviour in the region belies the old assumption that Beijing cares only about economic investments -- and is increasing tension with Russia, analysts say.

Independence of Central Asia continues as Kazakhstan strips new currency of Russian | Politics
Independence of Central Asia continues as Kazakhstan strips new currency of Russian

Kazakhstan has approved a currency redesign including symbols of the country's national and cultural identity. Russia says it has taken notice.

World Bank to implement $58 million clean water project in Tajikistan | Environment
World Bank to implement $58 million clean water project in Tajikistan

More than 400,000 inhabitants will gain access to cleaner drinking water and about 100,000 inhabitants will benefit from investments in sanitation facilities under the project.

Dying IS territory in Syria empties itself of last survivors | Security
Dying IS territory in Syria empties itself of last survivors

Tens of thousands of civilians have been trucked out in recent weeks from the jihadists' ever-shrinking territory in Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq.

Putin suspends Russia's compliance with key missile treaty | Security
Putin suspends Russia's compliance with key missile treaty

In his state of the nation address, Putin threatened to deploy new missiles against Western capitals, a common Kremlin tactic to use external threats to avoid dealing with domestic issues.

Watchdog confirms chlorine was used in Syria attack that Russia tried to cover up | Terrorism
Watchdog confirms chlorine was used in Syria attack that Russia tried to cover up

Gas was used in a 2018 attack that killed 43, according to a report that emerged despite Russian and Syrian attempts to impede the investigation.

US, Kazakhstan hold joint training on nuclear-material smuggling | Security
US, Kazakhstan hold joint training on nuclear-material smuggling

Exercises aimed at ensuring materials don't fall into the hands of terrorists.

US-backed force poised for final assault on remaining IS stronghold in Syria | Terrorism
US-backed force poised for final assault on remaining IS stronghold in Syria

The estimate the number of people inside the last IS bastion, a patch of half a square kilometre on the banks of the Euphrates River, at anything from a few hundred to several thousand.

US offers up to $1 million reward for information on Hamza bin Laden | Terrorism
US offers up to $1 million reward for information on Hamza bin Laden

His location is unknown, but many speculate he is near the Afghan-Pakistani border.

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Tajik foreign minister invites UN diplomats to counter-terrorism conference in Dushanbe Crash of Russian-built helicopter kills 13 Kazakh troops Kazakhstan, Council of Europe discuss co-operation on human rights US removes Uzbek cotton from child-labour list OSCE supports women's empowerment in Kazakhstan Land mine kills Tajik along Afghan border OSCE trains Kyrgyz security officials on preventing radicalisation Rahmon congratulates Tokayev on assuming Kazakh presidency Police detain suspects after attacks against Central Asian migrants In Russia Kazakhstan, Afghanistan eye enhanced co-operation Nazarbayev resigns after 3 decades in office US calls on UN to address human rights violations in Xinjiang Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan reach agreement on border spat Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan continue negotiations after border clash Kyrgyzstan to 'step up' co-operation with US, UK, says Jeenbekov Tajik, Kyrgyz citizens clash along border Uzbek official faces death threats after online comment on religion World Bank eyes new development project for Kyrgyz provinces Swedish court convicts 3 Central Asians of 'Islamic State' bomb plot US fines Russian telecom giant for bribing Gulnara Karimova Central Asia celebrates International Women's Day US applauds Uzbek efforts in closing gender gap ahead of Women's Day Conference seeks more effective investigation of crime in Kazakhstan Kyrgyz authorities detain suspected IS militant trained in Syria Officials from IMF, Tajikistan discuss new support programme Tajik court sentences would-be IS member to 12 years in prison Kazakhstan considers oil production projects in Afghanistan Kyrgyzstan eyes nonstop flights with Pakistan to boost trade, investment Tajikistan, EU negotiate over duty-free exports OSCE trains Kazakh government officials to combat human trafficking US CENTCOM officer visits Bishkek to discuss co-operation