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Perils abound 2 months after collapse of 'Islamic State' in Syria | Terrorism
Perils abound 2 months after collapse of 'Islamic State' in Syria

The elimination of the physical territory ruled by the terror group closed a long chapter in the conflict, but the fight is far from over.

Russia is 'probably' violating nuclear test treaty, US general says | Security
Russia is 'probably' violating nuclear test treaty, US general says

The Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty, which the UN adopted in 1996, bans all nuclear tests worldwide whether for civilian or military purposes.

New EU grant aims to strengthen water and energy security in Central Asia | Energy
New EU grant aims to strengthen water and energy security in Central Asia

An ever-growing demand for water due to economic development, population growth, and climate change, presents significant challenges to the region's economic expansion.

Kazakhstan approves military intelligence deal with Kyrgyzstan in sign of closer regional ties | Security
Kazakhstan approves military intelligence deal with Kyrgyzstan in sign of closer regional ties

The agreement represents an important step toward closer co-operation taken by Central Asian countries, observers say.

Russia presents UN measure in move to 'strangle' chemical weapons watchdog | Security
Russia presents UN measure in move to 'strangle' chemical weapons watchdog

Moscow has consistently attempted to impede investigations of chemical weapon use to protect its ally Syria.

In photos: Kazakhstan celebrates the holy month of Ramadan | Ramadan
In photos: Kazakhstan celebrates the holy month of Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan will end on June 5 with the celebration of Eid ul Fitr.

Kyrgyzstan moves to reform religious education, curb radical teachings | Religion
Kyrgyzstan moves to reform religious education, curb radical teachings

Kyrgyz authorities plan to introduce a number of rules and restrictions as part of the fight against the spread of non-traditional Islam.

Kazakhstan, US continue to foster economic co-operation amid 'flourishing' relations | Economy
Kazakhstan, US continue to foster economic co-operation amid 'flourishing' relations

American investments contribute significantly to the Kazakh economy, officials and analysts in Nur-Sultan say.

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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Google access eased during EC president's Tajikistan visit Tajikistan sentences IS recruiter to 14 years in prison 148 Uzbeks linked to IS militants being repatriated from Syria European Council president kicks off Central Asian tour in Dushanbe Tajik wife of IS militant stranded in Syria begs mother to rescue her Tajikistan's military intelligence agencies get new counter-terror mandate Rahmon opens Tajik military school Uzbek troops demonstrate own military inventions at Techno festival Kyrgyz authorities arrest Kazakh wanted for spreading terrorism propaganda USAID helps Uzbekistan fight TB OSCE chair commends Tajikistan for 25 years of partnership OSCE leader says regional co-operation is key for security in Central Asia UN symposium in Nur-Sultan to highlight technology for peacekeepers OSCE enhances development programmes in southern Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan eyes shelters for human trafficking victims C5+1 Security Working Group confers in Dushanbe OSCE welcomes restored access to online media in Uzbekistan Tajik victim of hate crime in Russia applies to European Court of Human Rights EU's new Central Asia strategy focuses on stronger partnerships Kazakh parliament ratifies Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons USAID grant to support Uzbek education reforms US government donates equipment to Tajik border troops Uzbekistan reinstates access to critical news sites Nazarbayev discusses co-operation with US ambassador Representatives of Central Asian airlines to meet in Dushanbe Kyrgyzstan celebrates 26th anniversary of own currency Kazakhstan evacuates 156 children from Syria Kazakhstan makes arrests, shuts down websites before election Central Asia celebrates Victory Day Tajikistan becomes chairman of OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation 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 Tashkent to host 4th annual Central Asian Internet Governance Forum Tajikistan brings home dozens of children from Iraq