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Duma Speaker Calls For India's Full Membership In SCO

The speaker of Russia's State Duma says the Kremlin wants India to become a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this year. More

Almaty Court Upholds Kazakh Journal Closure

A court in Kazakhstan has rejected journalist Gulzhan Erghalieva's challenge against closure of her magazine, upholding a ruling ordering Adam Bol (Be a Human) to shut down. More

Kazakh Ruling Party To Convene Ahead Of Presidential Poll

Kazakhstan's ruling Nur Otan party will hold a congress on March 11, weeks ahead of an early election that is expected to prolong President Nursultan Nazarbaev's rule. More

U.S. intelligence officials believe that as many as 150 U.S. citizens have tried to fight with IS militants in Syria. (file photo)

Three Central Asians Arrested In U.S. For Allegedly Supporting IS

U.S. officials say three Central Asian men were arrested on charges they planned to provide material support for Islamic State (IS) militants. More

Kazakh President Sets Date For Early Presidential Election

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has announced that an early presidential election will be held on April 26. More

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Astana 'Will Help' U.S. Investigate Kazakh Suspected Of Aiding Islamic State

Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry has said that it will provide assistance to the United States to help investigate the case of a Kazakh national arrested on suspicion of assisting the Islamic State (IS) group. More

The Lure Of Islamic State For Central Asians

The Islamic State (IS) militant group poses a challenge in areas far from Syria and Iraq. Dozens of governments around the world are pondering the IS threat not only to the Middle East but also to their own countries. This is especially true in countries with a Muslim majority, such as the five Central Asian states. More
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Features & Commentary

Kazakhstan Suspends Measles Vaccination Campaign After Many Students Fall Ill

A compulsory measles-vaccination campaign has been suspended in Kazakhstan after some 100 teenagers reportedly fell ill after being inoculated. Despite protests by parents, however, health authorities are determined to resume the campaign within days.

Timeline: Rakhat Aliev's Fall From Grace

Rakhat Aliev rose to the pinnacle of political power in energy-rich Kazakhstan as the son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbaev. But when he fell, he fell hard. We look at the key events leading to Aliev's reported suicide in a Vienna prison on February 24.

Trail Of IS 'Russian Spies' Seen In Kazakhstan And North Caucasus

One of the two men who appear to be executed in a video released by Islamic State (IS) militants appears to have ties to a village in southern Kazakhstan and Russia's restive North Caucasus region.

Muslim Press Reacts To Charlie Hebdo Attack

Media in the Muslim world have published a wide variety of reactions to the deadly attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

What's The EEU And What Are Its Chances?

It once was touted as an eastern alternative to the European Union and an attempt to resurrect the Soviet Union. But as the Eurasian Economic Union comes into existence with its three founding members -- Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan -- already squabbling, the future of the Kremlin's pet project looks uncertain.

Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants

Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.

In Kyrgyzstan, A New Interest In Russified Names

Tens of thousands of Kyrgyz are changing their names to sound more Russian in the belief it will make their lives easier.

President Borat: French Leader Mocked Over Traditional Kazakh Costume

Critics of Francois Hollande are mocking the French president after he posed in a traditional Kazakh furry costume, causing anger in Paris and dealing another blow to the French president's deteriorating public image.
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