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Russia preys on Turkmenistan, exacts huge gas concessions | Energy
Russia preys on Turkmenistan, exacts huge gas concessions

The Kremlin waited until Turkmenistan was in a financial bind to press for gas sales at only a fraction of what the country once sold its only viable export.

'Islamic State' militants spark deadly Tajik prison riot | Security
'Islamic State' militants spark deadly Tajik prison riot

One of the riot leaders was the son of Gulmurod Khalimov, Central Asia's highest-ranking defector to the 'Islamic State'.

Kazakhstan's gun buy-back campaign sees 1,500 weapons surrendered in 1st month | Security
Kazakhstan's gun buy-back campaign sees 1,500 weapons surrendered in 1st month

The fight against unregistered weapons helps reduce crime and prevent terrorism.

Preparations for Kazakh presidential election monitoring begin | Elections
Preparations for Kazakh presidential election monitoring begin

Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission has so far accredited 67 international observers.

Eyeing 'plenty of threats', Kazakhstan ramps up defence spending | Security
Eyeing 'plenty of threats', Kazakhstan ramps up defence spending

Kazakhstan's military spending in the first two months of 2019 has climbed 73% compared to the same period last year.

Kyrgyzstan begins hiring for new Bishkek police force in bid to fight corruption | Crime & Justice
Kyrgyzstan begins hiring for new Bishkek police force in bid to fight corruption

Members of the new force will receive higher wages and be equipped with modern technology, including cars, communications equipment and computers.

Russia's fast-track citizenship for separatists: a wake-up call for Central Asia | Politics
Russia's fast-track citizenship for separatists: a wake-up call for Central Asia

Moscow could invoke the pretext of protecting Russian citizens in foreign countries to invade more ex-Soviet states.

Worry grows as 'Islamic State' recruiting focuses on educated youth | Terrorism
Worry grows as 'Islamic State' recruiting focuses on educated youth

The recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka underscore how militants are tapping social media and campus discussion groups to prey on students.

In split from Russia, Uzbekistan promotes its own symbol to celebrate WWII victory | Politics
In split from Russia, Uzbekistan promotes its own symbol to celebrate WWII victory

Uzbekistan is encouraging the Ribbon of Glory as its own symbol of victory in World War II instead of using Russia's St. George's Ribbon.

Facebook again takes down Russian accounts as malign actions continue | Media
Facebook again takes down Russian accounts as malign actions continue

Facebook described the removals as part of a continuing battle against 'co-ordinated inauthentic behavior' that has resulted in the deletion of numerous fake accounts worldwide.

In photos: colourful outfits, ethnic cuisine mark People's Unity Day in Kazakhstan | Society
In photos: colourful outfits, ethnic cuisine mark People's Unity Day in Kazakhstan

The public holiday was established in 1996 to promote inter-ethnic harmony and peace in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan looks to spiritual education system to stem youth radicalisation | Religion
Kazakhstan looks to spiritual education system to stem youth radicalisation

'Genuine knowledge' could shield the younger generation from extremists' radicalisation efforts, say specialists.

Economic risks spur concern over Kyrgyz remittances from Russia | Human Rights
Economic risks spur concern over Kyrgyz remittances from Russia

Kyrgyz authorities have expressed concern about the strengthening of economic ties with Russia and the economy's dependence on events there.

Religious leaders in Central Asia pledge to unify efforts toward common goals | Religion
Religious leaders in Central Asia pledge to unify efforts toward common goals

Spiritual leaders from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have recently discussed enhanced co-operation on a number of issues, including preventing extremism.

New EBRD grant is aimed at tackling harmful Soviet uranium legacy in Kyrgyzstan | Environment
New EBRD grant is aimed at tackling harmful Soviet uranium legacy in Kyrgyzstan

The former Soviet Union left a trail of toxic devastation for which Russia has shirked responsibility.

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OSCE enhances development programmes in southern Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan eyes shelters for human trafficking victims C5+1 Security Working Group confers in Dushanbe Tajik victim of hate crime in Russia applies to European Court of Human Rights OSCE welcomes restored access to online media in Uzbekistan EU's new Central Asia strategy focuses on stronger partnerships Kazakh parliament ratifies Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons US government donates equipment to Tajik border troops USAID grant to support Uzbek education reforms Representatives of Central Asian airlines to meet in Dushanbe Uzbekistan reinstates access to critical news sites Nazarbayev discusses co-operation with US ambassador Kyrgyzstan celebrates 26th anniversary of own currency Kazakhstan makes arrests, shuts down websites before election Kazakhstan evacuates 156 children from Syria Tajikistan becomes chairman of OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation Central Asia celebrates Victory Day OSCE trains public council members in Tajikistan on countering extremism Kazakhstan celebrates Defender of the Fatherland Day Afghan forces kill Central Asian IS militant leader, 3 other insurgents OSCE roundtable in Dushanbe encourages judicial independence US, Turkmen officials discuss co-operation in Ashgabat Kyrgyzstan eyes more effective implementation of religious education policy Tajikistan brings home dozens of children from Iraq Tashkent to host 4th annual Central Asian Internet Governance Forum