The new chief of the National Bank of Tajikistan has admitted that the bank intentionally gave incorrect information to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to secure essential loans worth nearly $48 million.
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.
Could a new Persian-language TV network help Tehran spread a radical Islamic ideology? Skeptics question such a broadcaster's potential appeal.
UNAIDS chief Peter Piot looks ahead to a major international conference that will tackle the epidemic in Central Asia, Russia, and Eastern Europe.
With global food and fuel prices soaring, the United Nations agency charged with feeding the world's hungry has launched an "extraordinary emergency appeal" for extra funds.
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.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is demanding that Tajikistan give back more than $47 million in loans, saying the Tajik central bank did not provide accurate information about the country’s financial state.
One of the worst winters in nearly four decades has Central Asians dreaming of spring. But warm weather could bring problems of its own.
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.
The UN has urged the international community to come up with $25 million to help feed 260,000 Tajiks. Meanwhile, the effects of the most severe weather in living memory are compounded by an acute energy shortage.
For the region's impoverished countries with gold deposits, the commodity's all-time highs should bring welcome economic benefits. But, for the moment, they are not rushing to cash in.
Authorities say Shamsuddin Shamsuddinov, a leading member of Central Asia's only legal Islamic party, died in prison of cancer. But his family has questioned that explanation.