Critics say clashes over what constitutes art signal creeping authoritarianism under Russian President Vladimir Putin and a conservative, nationalist, and sometimes religious agenda.
The authorities have ordered mosques in central Uzbekistan to donate money for New Year's street decorations.
In the hot seat and with a vote of confidence looking precarious, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili launched into a verbal assault that he later regretted.
Georgia's female politicians seem to be just one casualty of the culture clash between those looking toward reforms and conservative forces in society.
A talent show pitting students from rival schools against each other in northern Tajikistan has been suspended indefinitely after an audience brawl.
President Donald Trump continues to emphasize the potential for cooperation with Russia, but U.S. actions appear to be following a tougher line.
Mourn the founding of the Soviet secret police? Not in today's Russia. The feared Cheka force is celebrated in picture by kids in Siberia's Tomsk.
The removal of a powerful Afghan governor raises security concerns among residents and lays bare party politics that could doom the current government.
U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security doctrine has received a cool reception in Moscow, although the Kremlin has expressed grounds for optimism.
A Russian sanitary watchdog lifts a ban on fish products from the Baltics, just in time for a Russian New Year's favorite: sprats.
Ahead of the New Year's shopping season, Tajikistan has warned shops not to import dolls in Islamic head scarves.
Iranian authorities say a draft bill to prevent animal cruelty has been prepared and is awaiting approval. The proposed legislation comes following pressure and calls for better treatment of animals.