The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned of weak prospects for economic growth in Central Asia and the Caucasus region and has called for reforms to help post-Soviet economies.
The wildlife-trade monitoring network TRAFFIC warns that hundreds of endangered snow leopards are being killed illegally each year across the high mountain ranges of Asia.
The Kazakh government says it has officially banned the hijab, or head scarf, and any other clothing that "propagates religion" in schools.
The trial of two participants in a mass protest against Kazakhstan's land reforms has been adjourned.
Turkish-Kazakh schools across Kazakhstan are being renamed amid a campaign by Turkey against the exiled Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
A high-profile trial against alleged Islamic terrorists and their supporters has started in northwestern Kazakhstan.
A Kazakh businessman arrested as part of an alleged plot to overthrow the government has testified that he financially supported mass protests against the country's land privatization plans.
The leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member-states have decided to set up a joint crisis response center to exchange information on common threats, including terrorism, and make decisions in real time.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev returned to work at his office in Astana on October 14, three days after official reports said he was being treated for a "cold."
Kazakhstan's newly created Ministry of Religious Issues and Civil Society says it is taking steps to ban the Salafi branch of Islam in the country.
Senior officials from former Soviet republics, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, are gathering in Yerevan to attend a session of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).