A new report says economic freedom in several countries of the Baltics, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Central Asia have jumped ahead of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
World-renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos died in Athens at the age of 68.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was in Turkmenistan on January 22 for the second day of a two-day official visit.
The Crisis Group (ICG) says the five Central Asian countries need to develop a credible, coordinated action plan to counter the threats posed by Islamic State militants and "growing radicalism" in the region.
Kazakhstan's Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development has announced almost 1 million ethnic Kazakhs have returned to their "motherland" since 1991.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov says his country will never join any "alliance similar to the U.S.S.R."
China says police have shot and killed six people suspected of planning bomb attacks in the latest violence in the western region of Xinjiang.
The Turkmen authorities' decision to move the date for commemorating an infamous massacre has raised eyebrows in the country, with many believing it has been done to appease the Kremlin.
Tajik authorities say a man from the Central Asian nation has been killed while fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
A new study says the Arctic must be off limits to oil and natural-gas extraction if the world is to meet a goal of keeping global temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius.
The Russian military says Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan will hold joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea for the first time this summer.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will use Soviet-era documents from archives in Russia during talks aimed at delimiting the disputed border between the Central Asian nations.