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Security

Kyrgyzstan blocks SoundCloud for being 'extremist', users denounce move

Kyrgyzstan blocks SoundCloud for being 'extremist', users denounce move

The move is part of the country's efforts to fight extremism online, say officials and observers, though some users are pushing back against the broad ban.

Rahmon-Votel meeting highlights Tajikistan's key role in Central Asia

Rahmon-Votel meeting highlights Tajikistan's key role in Central Asia

Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of US Central Command, praised Tajik authorities for their work on border security and their commitment to regional stability, both of which are important for the development of Central Asia.

Why is Russia building up its military presence in Central Asia?

Why is Russia building up its military presence in Central Asia?

Moscow is using the threat of terrorism as a pretext for building up its presence in Central Asia, but the reality may be more self-serving, analysts say.

Uzbekistani law enforcement officers receive special training from FBI

Uzbekistani law enforcement officers receive special training from FBI

The one-week course focused on developing skills 'needed to locate and collect evidence, reconstruct a device and leverage international co-operation' in post-blast investigations.

Kazakhstan sets mobile phone registration deadline for end of year

Kazakhstan sets mobile phone registration deadline for end of year

Every citizen in Kazakhstan is required to provide his or her personal data to mobile phone carriers by December 31.

Burgeoning Russia-Iran alliance inflames sectarian tensions across Muslim world

Burgeoning Russia-Iran alliance inflames sectarian tensions across Muslim world

The Kremlin is backing Tehran's sectarian agenda in an attempt to claw its way back into relevancy in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond.

Kazakhstan begins distancing itself from Russia amid growing concerns

Kazakhstan begins distancing itself from Russia amid growing concerns

Astana is seeing a potential threat from the Kremlin to its territorial integrity and is betting on more reliable partners in the West, Kazakhstani observers say.

Kazakhstan begins distancing itself from Russia amid growing concerns

Kazakhstan begins distancing itself from Russia amid growing concerns

Astana is seeing a potential threat from the Kremlin to its territorial integrity and is betting on more reliable partners in the West, Kazakhstani observers say.

Chemical inspectors enter Syria attack site with eyes peeled for tampering

Chemical inspectors enter Syria attack site with eyes peeled for tampering

Russia prevented access to inspectors for a full two weeks, but specialists say they will be able to identify any use of chemical weapons or any tampering with evidence.

Fears of tampering soar after Russia delays chemical inspectors in Syria

Fears of tampering soar after Russia delays chemical inspectors in Syria

The Kremlin cited 'security concerns' for the continued delay, despite the fact the Syrian government organised a tour of the town where the attack took place for the foreign press.