Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who achieved a rock-star level of fame during the Soviet era, was hospitalized on December 14 after a fall during a visit to the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has described the Islamic State militant group as a modern "plague" that poses a "threat to global security."
Three Central Asian languages have been included in Google's online translation system.
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.
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.
A court in Tajikistan has sentenced four men to prison after convicting them of being adherents of a banned branch of Islam.
A Tajik man accused of being a member of a gang that recruited young men to fight in Syria was released on December 10 after being ordered to pay a fine, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.
Tens of thousands of Kyrgyz are changing their names to sound more Russian in the belief it will make their lives easier.
China has reportedly freed an ethnic Mongol dissident, Hada, who has spent much of the last two decades behind bars.
Russia's state railway company says it will stop almost all service to Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan for a year starting December 14, citing a lack of demand.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Uzbekistan on December 10.
A court in China's northwestern Xinjiang Province has sentenced eight members of the Uyghur community to death on December 8 for two deadly attacks in the region.