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.
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.
Okila Urokova, the wife of a Tajik militant who travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was eventually able to return home, unlike others.
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.
Closer relations means more opportunities for Uzbek students to study in the United States.
While Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates the Kremlin's illegal annexation, Central Asian countries wonder if the same could happen to them.
New transport options reflect moves by the two countries to enhance ties.
International human rights organisations call out continuing problems of gender inequality and domestic violence in the region.
The new mill will help feed livestock in southern Kyrgyzstan.
Authorities in Kazakhstan have identified several terrorist groups since the beginning of the year and have foiled a planned attack on military and police.
Russia fears historical responsibility and refuses to admit that the Soviet regime deliberately created the famine.
Chinese behaviour in the region belies the old assumption that Beijing cares only about economic investments -- and is increasing tension with Russia, analysts say.
Kazakhstan has approved a currency redesign including symbols of the country's national and cultural identity. Russia says it has taken notice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exercises aimed at ensuring materials don't fall into the hands of terrorists.
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.
His location is unknown, but many speculate he is near the Afghan-Pakistani border.