Archives for 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June Submit 2020-04-30 | Health Kazakhstan develops coronavirus tests amid distrust of Chinese products A number of governments, including Spain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Turkey and the UK, have rejected Chinese-made equipment designed to combat the pandemic. 2020-04-29 | Politics Libyan strongman stages new coup attempt, buoyed by Moscow mercenaries A group of fighters who work at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin have been co-ordinating a massive recruitment effort of Syrian youths to back Khalifa Haftar in Libya. 2020-04-29 | Health US donates 1,000 COVID-19 tests to Uzbekistan, allocates more aid to Kazakhstan The United States is continuing to provide aid to Central Asian states to support their efforts against the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. 2020-04-28 | Education Students urged to self improve amid distance learning and COVID-19 Education specialists are urging students to focus on self-improvement and to continue learning during the coronavirus pandemic. 2020-04-28 | Health OSCE assists Tajikistan with disinfectant and medical equipment The aid is meant to help Tajikistan prepare, though officially it has not yet reported a case of COVID-19. 2020-04-27 | Politics Putin provokes backlash in Central Asia with comments on reviving Soviet Union The Russian leader touted the 'advantages' of restoring the former empire, which controlled the region's countries for decades. 2020-04-24 | Media COVID-19 disinformation is Russia's latest attack on health care, science The strategy is to pump out dozens of different, sometimes contradictory, narratives to sow confusion and fear. 2020-04-23 | Politics Military satellite launch exposes Iran's priorities amid pandemic The move shows that Tehran prefers to spend money on trying to demonstrate its military prowess rather than helping its citizens fight the COVID-19 outbreak. 2020-04-23 | Diplomacy Iran issues more threats to US ships in Gulf; US military vows response The threats come after IRGC Navy ships conducted aggressive maneuvers near US vessels last week. 2020-04-23 | Health Libya fears flow of foreign fighters amid coronavirus pandemic A private Syrian airliner has been flying Russian-trained mercenaries to Benghazi, raising alarm that they may bring coronavirus into Libya. 2020-04-22 | Economy Coronavirus impact highlights weakened state of EEU, say analysts The viability of the EEU, led by Moscow, once again is being questioned as disunity during the virus outbreak spurs more dissatisfaction. 2020-04-21 | Security Moscow's 'shadow army' recruiting Syrian youth to fight in Libyan conflict The notorious Wagner Group, in co-ordination with the Russian military and the Syrian regime, is recruiting young Syrians as mercenaries and sending them to fight in Libya. 2020-04-21 | Health World leaders urge transparency from China on coronavirus outbreak 'There are clearly things that have happened that we don't know about,' said French President Emmanuel Macron. 2020-04-21 | Politics China, Russia and Iran using pandemic to undermine press freedoms Reporters Without Borders says certain regimes are taking advantage of the fact that people are stunned and that it was impossible during this crisis for countermeasures to be adopted. 2020-04-17 | Health Beijing coverup in January led to calamitous spread of COVID-19 Chinese authorities, knowing a deadly outbreak was afoot, said nothing for almost a week, allowing the virus to take hold in Wuhan and spread across the world. 2020-04-17 | Diplomacy Kazakhstan lodges protest with China over article questioning its sovereignty The article asserted that Kazakhstan is historically Chinese and is a 'vassal of the Qing Dynasty'. Observers say it is unlikely Beijing was unaware of the article. 2020-04-16 | Health Unsafe practices at Wuhan coronavirus lab call into question origin of outbreak Beijing for months has attempted to deflect blame for the coronavirus pandemic. Now there are legitimate concerns that COVID-19 was released from a Wuhan lab studying coronaviruses. 2020-04-16 | Terrorism IS ramps up recruitment of Turkmen in Turkey as coronavirus saps jobs The terrorist organisation is betting on jobless migrants stuck in Turkey to be desperate and vulnerable to cash offers. 2020-04-15 | Security Turkic-speaking countries band together to fight COVID-19 While leaders of other countries show solidarity and provide mutual support during the crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin compared Turkic people to the coronavirus. 2020-04-15 | Terrorism German authorities arrest 5 Tajik IS suspects planning attacks on US forces The suspects are 'Islamic State' cell members accused of initially planning to carry out attacks in Tajikistan before switching their focus after receiving orders from leaders in Syria and Afghanistan. 2020-04-14 | Terrorism Kyrgyz analysts say systematic approach needed to deradicalise convicts Kyrgyzstan has not developed a systematic approach for deradicalising convicted extremists and terrorists, despite the real need for one. 2020-04-13 | Security US military hit by coronavirus tells its adversaries: don't test us The US military has been transparent about infections within its ranks and is warning adversaries of the 'tragic mistake' of mistaking openness for weakness. 2020-04-10 | Health Iran's Mahan Air seen as key vector in worldwide coronavirus pandemic The airline continued flights between Tehran and China while the pandemic spread, putting Iran's Revolutionary Guards and its financial and political motives over saving people's lives. 2020-04-10 | Security Kazakhstan recalls veterans to help country combat COVID-19 Those conscripted will be able to keep their civilian jobs and positions as well as receive compensation while they help the country during the pandemic. 2020-04-09 | Health Central Asian countries pull together to fight intensifying coronavirus battle The mutual co-operation of regional countries on information sharing and logistics is in sharp contrast to how Moscow is approaching the dangerous situation. 2020-04-09 | Health China earns billions selling faulty coronavirus equipment to nations in need China, in a bid to appear as a benevolent power amid the crisis, has exported protective equipment around the world, but masks and tests have turned out to be useless. 2020-04-08 | Health Coronavirus crisis highlights Uzbekistan's willingness to help neighbours Uzbekistan has sent trains full of aid to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan as citizens work together to support each other. 2020-04-07 | Health US bolsters support for Central Asian states in fight against coronavirus The US government through various programmes is helping equip laboratories, providing vital protective gear, and combating disinformation about the coronavirus throughout the region. 2020-04-06 | Security Afghan forces arrest leader of 'Islamic State' Khorasan branch Special forces arrested Aslam Farooqi, leader of the IS Khorasan branch, and 19 other fighters of the group in a 'complex operation' in Kandahar Province. 2020-04-06 | Health International banks step in to help Central Asia mitigate coronavirus crisis Initiatives by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank are aimed at mobilising financing to combat the spread of the outbreak in the region. 2020-04-06 | Health Chinese cover-up of coronavirus fueled world pandemic, top official says If China had been transparent about how dangerous COVID-19 was at the beginning, the world would have had time to react, saving thousands of lives and avoiding much of the current chaos. 2020-04-03 | Media EU, NATO denounce Russian, Chinese disinformation on COVID-19 pandemic Disinformation and misinformation about the coronavirus continue to proliferate around the world, putting millions of lives at risk. 2020-04-03 | Energy Kazakhstan bans Russian fuel imports in bid to buoy domestic producers Kazakh refineries have been able to meet domestic demand since 2018 after modernising their facilities. 2020-04-02 | Diplomacy Uzbekistan, Afghanistan reaffirm co-operation amid coronavirus pandemic Mirziyoyev and his Afghan counterpart Ghani vowed to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and reaffirmed their commitment to establishing peace in Afghanistan. 2020-04-01 | Crime & Justice Moscow fights coronavirus 'fake news' at home, yet promotes it abroad While authorities crack down on false information about COVID-19 inside Russia, the Kremlin is carrying out a co-ordinated effort to spread disinformation about the virus throughout the world.