A U.S. government advisory body says that Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan are among the world's worst violators of religious freedom.
Gulnara Karimova's name has mysteriously disappeared from Uzbekistan's official list of ambassadors, prompting speculation that the Uzbek president's daughter no longer represents her country at the United Nations.
Police in Uzbekistan have launched a campaign against bad cyclists in an apparent effort to reduce road accidents.
Mamadali Mahmudov, a renowned Uzbek writer once seen as a potential rival to the country's entrenched president, has been released after spending 14 years in penal custody.
The U.S. State Department has released its "Country Reports On Human Rights Practices" for 2012, highlighting crackdowns on civil society, struggles for democratic change, and threats to freedom of expression.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov has warned Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the increasing dangers of extremism in Central Asia.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is stopping its visits to penitentiaries in Uzbekistan.
A Kyrgyz national has been arrested in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk for suspected membership in the banned Islamic Party of Turkestan (IPT).
Four migrant laborers from Central Asia have been arrested and charged with membership in a banned Islamic group in the Siberian city of Tyumen.
Russia's foreign minister says "preliminary security measures" should be worked out before most NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Foreign ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have met in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.
News that several detainees at Guantanamo have gone on hunger strike has refocused attention on the U.S.-run detention facility. RFE/RL looks at the issues surounding the prisoners' actions.