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IS recruiting focus on millennial women raises concerns about future | Security
IS recruiting focus on millennial women raises concerns about future

The European Union's police agency says IS is targeting women from the millennial generation as it seeks new recruits after the fall of its so-called "caliphate".

Kazakhstan launches probe of deadly arms depot explosion | Security
Kazakhstan launches probe of deadly arms depot explosion

The blast Monday killed two and injured 165 in Arys, Turkistan Province.

Kazakhstan establishes training centre for specialists working with convicted extremists | Security
Kazakhstan establishes training centre for specialists working with convicted extremists

The new 'Jusan' centre recently opened in Kostanay to train psychologists, police and penal workers for theological and rehabilitation work with convicted members of radical movements.

Tashkent forum unites regional leaders on co-operation, economic growth | Business
Tashkent forum unites regional leaders on co-operation, economic growth

The CAMCA forum connects professionals and young leaders with a broad international audience and attracts international funds to invest in the regions' future.

Former Kazakh militants returning from Syria face long prison sentences | Crime & Justice
Former Kazakh militants returning from Syria face long prison sentences

Two men who took part in fighting already have been given eight-year prison terms after returning home.

World Bank lends Uzbekistan $500 million to sustain economic reforms | Economy
World Bank lends Uzbekistan $500 million to sustain economic reforms

The loan is a vote of confidence in Uzbekistan's reforms.

Kyrgyz girls head to US for intensive technology training programme | Women's Rights
Kyrgyz girls head to US for intensive technology training programme

The annual TechGirls programme seeks to empower young women from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia to pursue higher education and careers in science and technology.

Attempt to frame journalist reveals depths Russia will go to cover up corruption | Media
Attempt to frame journalist reveals depths Russia will go to cover up corruption

The arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on drug charges in Russia is a wake-up call for all journalists, especially those in Central Asia trying to uncover the truth.

Suspected Iranian attacks on oil tankers represent 'clear threat' to global trade | Security
Suspected Iranian attacks on oil tankers represent 'clear threat' to global trade

The world community is coming to terms with the reality that the Iranian regime is trying to disrupt the free flow of commerce through the vital Strait of Hormuz.

Threat from 'Islamic State' looms in Afghanistan | Terrorism
Threat from 'Islamic State' looms in Afghanistan

IS fighters who waged a bloody campaign in Iraq and Syria are heading to Afghanistan to continue their violent insurgency and help plot attacks against the United States.

UN, Kazakhstan vow more co-operation on equipment for peacekeeping missions | Security
UN, Kazakhstan vow more co-operation on equipment for peacekeeping missions

Kazakhstan's participation in UN peacekeeping missions is an indicator of the global community's confidence in the country and its armed forces, said one analyst.

International forum discusses digital literacy, media security in Central Asia | Security
International forum discusses digital literacy, media security in Central Asia

International and regional analysts covered numerous topics, including countering disinformation, hate speech and violent extremism across the region.

Uzbekistan begins rehabilitation of repatriated 'victims of deception' from Syria | Terrorism
Uzbekistan begins rehabilitation of repatriated 'victims of deception' from Syria

The Uzbek government is continuing efforts to return thousands of its citizens from war zones in the Middle East, and attempt to reintegrate them into society.

EU allocates €11 million to help spur business development in Central Asia | Business
EU allocates €11 million to help spur business development in Central Asia

Fighting poverty and strengthening small- and medium-size businesses will help regional integration and fight radicalisation, say analysts.

Kazakhstan elects Tokayev as new president | Elections
Kazakhstan elects Tokayev as new president

Opponents of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev were quick to congratulate him on the victory, but the election was marred by claims of voting irregularities and arrests.

Friction in Central Asia sours relations between Xi and 'best friend' Putin | Diplomacy
Friction in Central Asia sours relations between Xi and 'best friend' Putin

Previous assumptions about the interests of Russia and China in the region -- a kind of gentleman's agreement in which Moscow protects while Beijing invests -- are being overturned.

Surxondaryo grows as centre of Uzbek-Afghan co-operation | Diplomacy
Surxondaryo grows as centre of Uzbek-Afghan co-operation

The Uzbek province on the Afghan border has been a focal point in recent years for co-operation in the education, trade and investment sectors.

Russia perpetuates massacre of civilians in Syria under false pretext | Security
Russia perpetuates massacre of civilians in Syria under false pretext

The Kremlin says it is fighting terrorists but evidence of indiscriminate bombing of apartment buildings and civilians areas is overwhelming.

Kazakhs rescued from IS in Syria tell of lies, delusions | Terrorism
Kazakhs rescued from IS in Syria tell of lies, delusions

Psychologists, religious scholars and theologians are working with hundreds of the returnees following two repatriation operations.

Kazakhs say rescued IS children from Syria 'not to blame' | Terrorism
Kazakhs say rescued IS children from Syria 'not to blame'

Kazakhs actively commented online about the recent repatriation operation, with many condemning those who joined 'Islamic State' terrorists. Yet others are calling for leniency.

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Kyrgyzstan accuses Atambayev of corruption OSCE helps Uzbek women to build managerial abilities Kazakhstan, US to sign treaty permitting non-stop flights between them Tajik border officers enhance their skills through OSCE courses Kazakhstan ratifies Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Munitions depot blasts prompt evacuation of Kazakh town US, Kazakh forces refine peacekeeping skills for Steppe Eagle exercise OSCE trains Kyrgyz State Border Service officers on forged documents Kyrgyz authorities arrest 6 suspected members of Hizb ut-Tahrir German investigators find 670kg of drugs in truck from Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan to fund more than 53,000 university scholarships in 2019 Kyrgyzstan creates position of children's ombudsman US trade mission starts working in Uzbekistan OSCE teaches young Kyrgyz leaders how to prevent violent extremism, terrorism Kazakh security officials learn how to counter terror financing European Council adopts new strategy for Central Asia Syrians dig Idlib graves in advance as Russia-backed onslaught continues OSCE promotes best practices against money laundering, terror financing in Turkmenistan Syrian regime, Russian strikes kill 25 civilians in Idlib amid ongoing massacre Red Cross to support Uzbek efforts to bring back citizens from conflict zones US diplomat praises Kazakh protection of Uighur rights Putin says Russia prepared to drop START nuclear weapons treaty Kazakhs set to elect new leader Sunday Kyrgyz authorities uncover fake passport ring OSCE anti-drug conference highlights threat of synthetic drugs Kyrgyz authorities uncover scheme to smuggle fuel from Kazakhstan Mirziyoyev pardons 361 inmates for Eid ul Fitr EU, Uzbek officials discuss co-operation in Tashkent Kyrgyzstan arrests former official accused of corruption