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Gazprom fraud deprives Kyrgyz children of opportunity to attend Bishkek school | Education
Gazprom fraud deprives Kyrgyz children of opportunity to attend Bishkek school

Gazprom promised to build a tuition-free school in Bishkek as part of its agreement to purchase the country's largest natural gas supplier. Now Gazprom is charging exorbitant tuition.

'Islamic State' media machine showing major signs of breakdown | Media
'Islamic State' media machine showing major signs of breakdown

The group's propaganda effort has stalled amid a shortage of resources and attacks on its communications equipment.

Central Asian youth discuss ways to counter extremism at Kazakhstan festival | Youth
Central Asian youth discuss ways to counter extremism at Kazakhstan festival

The Central Asia Youth Festival brought together young people in Shymbulak to promote integration and co-operation in the region.

EU grant to enable Afghan women to study in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan | Education
EU grant to enable Afghan women to study in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan

The goal is to help employ Afghan women and create opportunities for their businesses and communities to grow.

Kazakhstan tourist police add another station to nationwide presence | Security
Kazakhstan tourist police add another station to nationwide presence

The main task of the police unit is to ensure security and assist tourists, especially those who do not speak local languages.

Ignoring warnings, Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic | Environment
Ignoring warnings, Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic

The move came despite a deadly explosion involving an experimental nuclear-powered missile this month and amid a long history of radioactive misadventures, many of which in Central Asia.

Exercises aim to help Tajikistan counter terrorists' use of internet | Terrorism
Exercises aim to help Tajikistan counter terrorists' use of internet

The exercises brought together 45 representatives from across national institutions, the judiciary, civil society, the ICT industry, the media and law enforcement.

Polls say Russian television losing influence at home and in Central Asia | Media
Polls say Russian television losing influence at home and in Central Asia

Audience members in Russia and Central Asia say pro-Kremlin media sources cannot be trusted on a variety of topics, especially news about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Closure of infamous Uzbek prison lauded by international community | Crime & Justice
Closure of infamous Uzbek prison lauded by international community

The closure of the Jaslyk detention centre comes as Uzbekistan tries to fight extremism without the rights violations that characterised years past.

Military exercise in Dushanbe exhibits unified front on regional security | Security
Military exercise in Dushanbe exhibits unified front on regional security

The Regional Co-operation 2019 exercises involved soldiers from the United States, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.

Kazakhstan set to launch domestic production of drones | Science & Technology
Kazakhstan set to launch domestic production of drones

The move is part of an effort to reduce dependence on foreign manufacturers and service providers.

PR stunt? Russia's new missile seen connected to Putin's waning popularity | Security
PR stunt? Russia's new missile seen connected to Putin's waning popularity

In theory, a nuclear-powered missile would give the Kremlin an edge in a new arms race, but many see the venture as nationalistic cover for a deepening political crisis within Russia.

With eye on stability, Central Asian states strengthen trade ties with Afghanistan | Business
With eye on stability, Central Asian states strengthen trade ties with Afghanistan

The 'Afghanistan: New Trade Horizons' business forum in Almaty sought to link Afghan and Central Asian businesses.

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan tout new level of strategic partnership | Diplomacy
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan tout new level of strategic partnership

The two Central Asian nations are strengthening co-operation in areas including regional security, demonstrating their ambition to develop without the interference of neighbouring powers.

Russian military hit with another setback after deadly missile-site blast | Security
Russian military hit with another setback after deadly missile-site blast

The country's military has been plagued by a spate of deadly events, and observers are beginning to question the viability of Russian military hardware.

Turkmenistan strengthens criminal justice responses to terrorism | Security
Turkmenistan strengthens criminal justice responses to terrorism

A recent counter-terrorism training was the third for Turkmen civil servants since the beginning of the year.

Kazakhstan blocks thousands of websites with extremist content | Terrorism
Kazakhstan blocks thousands of websites with extremist content

The internet continues to be the main method of recruitment by terrorist organisations, Kazakh analysts warn.

Airport sermons urge Uzbek migrants to avoid extremists' influence in Russia | Religion
Airport sermons urge Uzbek migrants to avoid extremists' influence in Russia

The Committee for Religious Affairs is regularly conducting sermons at the airport for passengers departing to Russia for work where migrants are often subject to brainwashing and recruitment.

Central Asia leads international efforts to repatriate families from Syria, Iraq | Terrorism
Central Asia leads international efforts to repatriate families from Syria, Iraq

Evacuations of Central Asian citizens from conflict areas are intensifying as survivors describe the horrors of living among 'Islamic State' members.

Kazakh authorities make new gains against extremists, weapon traffickers | Crime & Justice
Kazakh authorities make new gains against extremists, weapon traffickers

Security forces busted two weapons trafficking rings, and the courts have sent a number of former 'Islamic State' members to prison.

Kazakh officials, clergy team up to combat online extremist recruiting | Terrorism
Kazakh officials, clergy team up to combat online extremist recruiting

Youth have an information vacuum that is filled either with reliable information about spiritual values or with destructive ideas, observers say.

Kremlin bears 'sole responsibility' for demise of key nuclear treaty | Security
Kremlin bears 'sole responsibility' for demise of key nuclear treaty

NATO vowed a 'measured and responsible' response after Russia let the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty die after years of violations.

Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden 'dead' | Terrorism
Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden 'dead'

The son of deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died sometime within the past two years, confirmed US officials.

New highway represents growing ties between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan | Economy
New highway represents growing ties between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan

The Beyneu-Akzhigit-Uzbek border highway comes amid closer trade, transport and energy ties.

Headlines

Kazakhstan marks International Day against Nuclear Tests OSCE trains Kazakh officials to fight terror financing Exercise bolsters Kyrgyzstan against use of internet by terrorists Ukrainian authorities detain Kyrgyz woman on suspicion of joining militant group OSCE hosts regional workshop in Kyrgyzstan on countering IEDs Nur-Sultan hosts C5+1 talks among US, Central Asian officials Kazakh and UN officials discuss implementation of anti-extremism project US official to discuss regional security in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Tajikistan burns 1.7 tonnes of drugs, reports fewer registered addicts Convicted Tajik militant receives life sentence as instigator of prison riot Kazakhstan begins exporting gasoline to Tajikistan Member of Jamaat Ansarullah sentenced to 12 years in Tajikistan Kyrgyz police seize over 44kg of heroin US, Kazakh lawmakers discuss security in Nur-Sultan Tajikistan opens OSCE-backed Regional Explosive Hazards Training Centre Kyrgyz forces detain former president Atambayev US reduces fees for Kyrgyz citizens receiving student, work visas Kyrgyzstan approves cybersecurity strategy for 2019-2023 Tajikistan to host multilateral US Central Command exercise Kyrgyzstan halts prosecution of 2 anti-Putin protesters Kyrgyz civilians seek to repatriate 150 women, children from Syria, Iraq