Iran wants to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. But many experts say that's wishful thinking as Russia and China are reluctant to turn the organization into an openly anti-Western club.
UNAIDS chief Peter Piot looks ahead to a major international conference that will tackle the epidemic in Central Asia, Russia, and Eastern Europe.
Rakhat Aliev (ITAR-TASS)
A military court has found the former son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, Rakhat Aliev, guilty of planning a coup, among other crimes, and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.
Families throng to Almaty for a day of food, music, and fun for the children as they celebrate Norouz.
The spring holiday has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years throughout Central Asia and in the Persian-influenced lands of the Middle East to honor new life.
Russia and China are the two biggest players in the neighborhood. But what recently looked like a powerful emerging alliance is showing signs of strain as Moscow and Beijing compete for access to the region's energy reserves.
One of the worst winters in nearly four decades has Central Asians dreaming of spring. But warm weather could bring problems of its own.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko arrived in Kazakhstan hoping to secure new deals for Kazakh energy supplies, but he is set to leave with no agreement for more natural gas or oil anytime soon.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is on a visit to Kazakhstan this week, ostensibly to help kick off the "Year of Ukraine in Kazakhstan."
Russia's presidential election is no more than elaborate political choreography designed to craft a new and enduring role for Vladimir Putin. He will join a number of "leaders for life" that are entrenched in the former Soviet Union.
A UN-sponsored meeting of 19 Asian and European countries has pledged to prioritize infrastructure projects worth $43 billion to revitalize the ancient Silk Road joining the two continents.
An Astana court has ordered the independent newspaper "Law and Justice" to be closed, alleging that errors were made when the newspaper was registered.