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.
The United States says it is giving 328 advanced military vehicles to Uzbekistan to be used for counterterrorism and counternarcotics operations.
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.
Electoral officials in Uzbekistan have cleared candidates from four political parties to run in a March 29 presidential election.
Kyrgyz border guards have shot and wounded an Uzbek hunter discovered on the territory of Kyrgyzstan
If Moscow is looking to its new foreign legion to help restore its Soviet-era military might, it has a bit of a minefield to clear first.
In detailed documents provided to Norway's trade ministry, an anonymous sender alleges a telecom was complicit in bribe payments to the family of Uzbek President Islam Karimov.
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 appears set to extend his 25-year rule in the tightly controlled Central Asian nation following his nomination for reelection.
Ukraine's parliament has called on the leaders of Russia, Germany and France to help free Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison.
Two officials in Uzbekistan say dozens of managers at industrial facilities who are allegedly associated with President Islam Karimov's embattled daughter, Gulnara Karimova, have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms.