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Central Asia

Nationalists want Defense Ministry to create Russia’s own ‘Foreign Legion’
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker is proposing creating military units manned exclusively by foreigners to counter the threat from radical groups such as Islamic State in Central Asia.

10.11.2014 09:36

The TAPI project or the future of Afghanistan
The term the "New Great Game", as a shorthand for the energy rivalry sweeping across Central Asia in the post-Soviet era has been in use for many years. In this respect, the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India gas pipeline (TAPI) appears pivotal.

05.11.2014 12:39

Stinking rich: Kazakhstan to offer tourists luxury caviar baths
Long known as a premium hors d'oeuvre, Caviar has been enjoyed by the rich and famous for generations. For lovers of the delicacy, an upmarket spa in Kazakhstan plans to offer discerning tourists an even more delectable experience: caviar spas.

23.10.2014 11:07

Shocking NASA pics show Aral Sea basin now completely dry
Once the fourth-biggest lake in the world, the eastern basin of the Aral Sea in central Asia is now completely dry. It is the result of a Soviet-era project to divert rivers for agriculture and a lack of rainfall at its source.

29.09.2014 19:51

Welcome to Hell! Turkmenistan eyes turning infernal gas pit into tourist attraction
An ominous gas crater that has been burning in a Turkmen desert for more than 40 years is a perfect site for boosting tourism in the country, local officials and academics say. The man-made pit, known as “the Door to Hell,” earlier faced backfill.

21.06.2014 14:48

Key US air base supplying Afghanistan closes
The US military has finally closed its transit center at Bishkek’s Manas airport, Kyrgyzstan. During the 12 1/2 years of the Afghan military campaign the facility remained the primary air supply hub for the ISAF’s contingent in the war zone.

03.06.2014 07:18

The birth of a Eurasian century: Russia and China do Pipelineistan
A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass - at the expense of the United States.

20.05.2014 09:44

Asia invests in infrastructure projects despite economic hurdles
While old Europe is sliding into a Cold War redux of self-destructive anti-Russian and pro-US attitudes, Asia is moving fast to consolidate and improve its business.

15.04.2014 11:59

​New Avenger jet-powered drone will offer unprecedented capabilities
A jet-powered drone with a range of 1,800 miles from the nearest base is now operational, according to its maker, weapons contractor General Atomics. The Avenger has the ability to fly up to 500 miles per hour at as much as 50,000 feet for up to 18 hours.

24.02.2014 21:06

US considering new drone bases in Central Asia
To continue counterterrorism operations abroad after the imminent exit of American troops from Afghanistan, the United States is reportedly pursuing plans to put US drones inside air bases in Central Asia.

17.02.2014 15:40

Russia to beef up military presence in Kyrgyzstan – Defense Minister
Russia’s defense chief has voiced plans to reinforce the air force base at Kant in Kyrgyzstan, and to strengthen cooperation with local military to stand up to threats that may emerge as the US withdraws from Afghanistan.

04.02.2014 11:20

Cameron visit accepts China's new superpower status
Isn’t it a sign of the times when a British prime minister visits China trailing a clutch of businessmen in his wake, desperate to attract investment to an ailing British economy?

04.12.2013 14:31