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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.

Russia stews in isolation as international community backs strikes on Syria

Russia stews in isolation as international community backs strikes on Syria

The near unanimous international support for the strikes carried out on the Syrian regime for its continued use of chemical weapons has left the Kremlin further isolated and discredited.

Uzbek intelligence agency reforms bring oversight, new direction

Uzbek intelligence agency reforms bring oversight, new direction

The once infamous National Security Service (SNB) has changed its name and implemented oversight and other reforms in order to tackle rising security threats and abuse of power.

Death of Uzbek 'Islamic State' leader sparks infighting in Afghanistan

Death of Uzbek 'Islamic State' leader sparks infighting in Afghanistan

The replacement of Qari Hikmatullah with another Uzbek suggests the group is having difficulty replacing its leaders and is being forced to depend on foreign fighters with fluctuating loyalties.

'Travesty' at UN affirms Russia's complicity in Syria chemical attack

'Travesty' at UN affirms Russia's complicity in Syria chemical attack

Russia vetoed an investigation into the chemical attack in Douma and followed with toothless proposals that lacked mechanisms to identify the perpetrators of the war crime.

Kremlin bows to pressure, flip-flops on Syria chemical attack probe

Kremlin bows to pressure, flip-flops on Syria chemical attack probe

Moscow has insisted there is no evidence for a chemical attack despite being faced with numerous videos and pictures to the contrary.

Central Asian law enforcement officers to undergo border security, anti-WMD training

Central Asian law enforcement officers to undergo border security, anti-WMD training

The training will take place in Tajikistan at a US-funded regional training centre designed to prevent trafficking in nuclear materials and WMDs.

Russia 'must be held to account' for latest chemical attack in Syria

Russia 'must be held to account' for latest chemical attack in Syria

International leaders expressed outrage and urged a 'strong' response after the latest alleged use of chemical weapons by the Kremlin-backed Syrian regime.

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