Environment China claims global leadership on climate despite staking future on coal 2020-09-30 The unsupported claim that China is eco-friendly is only the latest in a series of attempts by Beijing to portray itself as something it is not. Terrorism 2020-09-30 Poland deports 3 Tajiks for ties to the 'Islamic State' The suspects reportedly sought to recruit Poles and Ukrainians to commit terrorism in Poland. Security 2020-09-29 Russian war games cast shadow over democratic aspirations in Belarus While the West pleads for Russia not to meddle in other countries, authoritarian regimes like China and Iran are joining Russia to undermine democracies around the world. Health 2020-09-29 Russian air strikes force Syrian families back to COVID-19-infected camps Families in the embattled province of Idlib are left with two choices: stay in their homes and risk being killed by Russian bombs or return to camps where outbreaks are raging. Human Rights 2020-09-28 China expands blueprint of Xinjiang abuses to new front: Tibet Beijing is facing mounting pressure over its systematic abuse of Uighurs and other Muslim groups, and new satellite imagery shows how China has destroyed 16,000 mosques in the region. Human Rights 2020-09-25 Kazakhs demand end to China's increasing encroachment Protesters are concerned that Beijing will make a land grab and exploit Kazakh resources, and are deeply troubled over continuing human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Do you believe the election protests in Belarus will affect other ex-Soviet states? - Yes, turmoil in any former Soviet republic has ripple effects across the region - No, the issues there are localised - Maybe, depends on how the Kremlin responds - I don't know View Results Spotlight 'Putin's chef' sanctioned for role in malign operations around the globe Recent activities of organisations led by Yevgeny Prigozhin include military interventions in Libya, Syria, and the Central Africa Republic, and ongoing election interference in many countries. Religion 2020-09-25 Satellite imagery shows China has destroyed 16,000 mosques in Xinjiang Almost a third of major Islamic sacred sites in Xinjiang -- including shrines, cemeteries and pilgrimage routes -- have been razed, according to an extensive investigative report. Crime & Justice 2020-09-24 'Putin's chef' sanctioned for role in malign operations around the globe Recent activities of organisations led by Yevgeny Prigozhin include military interventions in Libya, Syria, and the Central Africa Republic, and ongoing election interference in many countries. Security 2020-09-23 Chinese military incursions send stark warning to neighbouring countries Beijing has violated the sovereignty of Taiwan and India in recent weeks, sparking worry among China's other neighbours that this might be a new pattern. CONNECT WITH US: Subscribe to Caravanseai's newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Health 2020-09-23 Putin uses UN speech to market Russia's widely discredited COVID-19 vaccine It was clear Putin used the world stage as an opportunity to market the vaccine and cash in on the demand, while nearly everyone remains skeptical of the drug's safety and effectiveness. Health 2020-09-22 Kazakhstan prepares rollout for COVID-19 vaccine as trials continue Workers are building a new drug plant in Zhambyl Province that is set to produce millions doses of a potential treatment by the end of the year. Security 2020-09-21 Fresh Russian military exercises raise security concerns in Central Asia Large-scale military exercises initiated by Russian authorities in the country's south involve several states friendly to Moscow, and are prompting serious questions in Central Asia. Human Rights 2020-09-21 Syrians speculate Russian air strikes aim to effect demographic change Dozens of towns and villages in Syria have been emptied of their residents after ongoing waves of Russian air strikes, prompting locals to wonder what the Kremlin is thinking. Health 2020-09-18 Weak COVID-19 responses undermining strongman regimes Disregard for citizens' well-being and incompetence have shaken whatever trust citizens had in their leaders in countries such as China, Russia and Iran, analysts say. Human Rights 2020-09-17 Tehran's ethnic oppression continues with shutdown of Turkmen-language newspaper Iranian authorities are striving to erase minorities' identity, say observers. Economy 2020-09-16 Plans for border city, trade centre mark latest Kazakh-Uzbek co-operation A new Uzbek satellite city in Tashkent Province and Kazakh-Uzbek trade centre straddling the border will lead to closer trade relations between the two countries, observers say. Elections 2020-09-15 Putin, Lukashenka are in same sinking boat, observers say Facing increasing opposition from voters, the two leaders are clinging to each other for support -- with Putin promising a $1.5 billion loan and Lukashenka vowing closer ties with 'our older brother'. Health 2020-09-14 Kazakhstan eyes Russia's COVID-19 vaccine with caution Kazakh doctors and Healthcare Ministry officials distrust the Russian coronavirus vaccine 'Sputnik V' and warn that it is contraindicated for high risk groups. Media 2020-09-11 Central Asian journalists wary of Beijing's crackdown on free speech 'China is threatening us in a low-key manner,' a Bishkek-based journalist said, citing a barrage of Chinese propaganda directed at the region. Politics 2020-09-10 Navalny poisoning spurs hope for political awakening in Russia Some voters vowed to support the opposition figure's movement in local elections September 13, as mounting evidence indicates the Kremlin in his attempted assassination. Education 2020-09-09 Kyrgyzstan starts unusual, pandemic-stricken school year Only first-graders are attending in-person classes; everybody else is studying remotely. Diplomacy 2020-09-08 Pressure builds on Kremlin over its role in Navalny poisoning Nations around the world are demanding answers from Moscow about the attempted assassination of the Russian opposition figure. Terrorism 2020-09-07 Turkmens studying in Russia seen particularly vulnerable to radical Islam Once in Russia, young students have easy access to radical lectures and websites, and at the same time experience disheartening corruption and mistreatment from Russian officials. Media 2020-09-04 Kremlin attempts media coup in Belarus as Russian strategists replace local reporters Journalists in Central Asia condemned their Russian colleagues who agreed to replace journalists in Belarus and support Lukashenka's crackdown on demonstrators. Security 2020-09-04 China aims to double nuclear arsenal in 10 years, expand military installations A key focus for China's military is power projection, which translates to the establishment of military bases around the world. Human Rights 2020-09-03 Use of Novichok on Navalny points finger squarely at Kremlin Germany cites 'unequivocal evidence' that Putin's main political rival was poisoned by the military-grade chemical agent, one that only Russian security agencies use. Media 2020-09-03 China brags of normality as world continues to reel from pandemic While the rest of the world suffers under lockdowns due to COVID-19, Beijing appears intent on making the country appear to have moved on. See what Chinese state media is doing. Economy 2020-09-02 Steep losses at Aeroflot, Gazprom highlight Russia's economic malaise Central Asian migrants have been leaving Russia amid the worsening living and working situation. Health 2020-09-02 In photos: Kyrgyz society adapts to coronavirus measures The people of Kyrgyzstan have been compelled to change their way of life to adapt the devastating pandemic. Media 2020-09-02 Facebook uncovers Kremlin-linked campaign bent on sowing US chaos Trying out a new wrinkle, the Kremlin's Internet Research Agency duped real Americans to write for a website that bills itself as a 'global news organisation'.