Russia has seemingly strengthened its military presence in Central Asia after signing an agreement with Tajikistan that would create a joint military unit when the countries "face security risks."
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have the water and want gas and oil in exchange from energy-rich neighbors. But those neighbors are balking, and the issue is bringing regional tensions to a boil.
Media and rights activists decry an Uzbek state TV broadcast that includes "the worst kind of threats" and "terror" against RFE/RL journalists and democrats.
In a new study, the World Bank has raised the alarm over tainted blood
transfusions across Central Asia, saying people face significant risk
of contracting HIV, hepatitis, and other deadly diseases.
As countries marked World Day Against Child Labor, RFE/RL looked at how hundreds of thousands of underage children are skipping school to work as unskilled laborers.
When the Soviet Union broke up nearly two decades ago, many in the West
held out high hopes for its successors. But several of these countries
have shown signs of resistance to democratic reform, according to two new polls.
What if authorities in one of Central Asia's least free societies threw a "Media Freedom Conference" and nobody came? Uzbek authorities tried to find out.
One of the most controversial figures in recent Uzbek history is released, along with at least two others, on the heels of a visit by a senior U.S. official.
The U.S. State Department has issued its annual report on human trafficking in 170 countries, citing Iran and Moldova as among those with the worst records of fighting the problem.
Already facing severe food shortages, Central Asians are now forced to share their limited crops with the worst infestation in years. The invaders, in turn, are flying farther afield in search of scant food resources.
Prominent Uzbek activist Mutabar Tojiboeva, who was released from prison on June 2 after almost 1,000 days in detention, says she will continue to campaign for human rights, despite her ordeal.<BR>
Hundreds of thousands of Central Asians graduated from high school this week. But due to economic hardship, many of the region's best and brightest won't be going on to college. Instead, they will work as migrant laborers to provide for their families.