The black flag of the Islamic State (IS) militant group has reportedly been raised in areas of northern Afghanistan, just south of the border with Central Asia, and Ashgabat, Tashkent, and Dushanbe have taken notice.
EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini has nominated a new EU special envoy to Central Asia.
The head of the company that owned the building housing a shopping center damaged in a deadly fire in the Russian city of Kazan last week as been arrested.
A major car accident in western Russia has killed 15 people and injured four others.
Uzbekistan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDPU) and the Milli Tiklanish (National Revival) party have announced that they have formed what they called a Bloc of Democratic Forces in parliament.
Media advocacy watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it is unblocking access to nine news websites in an effort to combat online censorship by governments that violate human rights.
Colleagues say Uzbek human rights activist Aliqul Sarimsoqov has been forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic.
Police in a Moscow suburb have arrested two men from Central Asia for attempting to sell a newborn girl.
Russia has called for the strengthening of efforts by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) group to the organization's members.
Tens of thousands have bid farewell in Tashkent to Uzbekistan's most prominent Islamic scholar, Muhammad-Sodiq Muhammad-Yusuf.
Five Uzbek nationals reported killed fighting alongside militants in Syria in February had been labor migrants in Russia, according to a report by RFE/RL's Uzbek Service, Radio Ozodi.
Colleagues say an Uzbek human rights activist whose group opposes another term for President Islam Karimov has been missing for several days.