"The largest global store of frozen water after the polar regions” serves water to nearly two billion people, yet changes in climate mean it too has been affected, as are the countries that are dependent on it.
Researchers analysed teeth, a rich source of DNA, from seven people buried in cemeteries of communities called Burana and Kara-Djigach, obtaining plague DNA from three in Kara-Djigach.
Shootouts between border troops of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have become increasingly regular and delimitation talks have made little progress.
Although Iran's expansionist aspirations are primarily aimed at the Middle East, the states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia remain in Tehran’s sights.
The Organization of Turkic States has expressed concern over the situation, urging diplomatic negotiations between the two sides and an immediate cessation of armed clashes.
At least two Tajiks have been killed and 10 other citizens injured during one of the bloodiest escalations between the two countries recently.
Electricity has been restored to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan after a massive blackout in the region left millions of people without power.
Tehran is wary of destabilisation in Central Asia, which could pose a threat to its economic and national security.
The Organization of Turkic States did some serious restructuring this year and agreed on some critical points that will enhance their multilateral cooperation.
Preliminary results of Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary elections have sparked claims of rigging, calls for a recount.
Voters back parties supporting President Sadyr Zhaparov, according to preliminary results of parliamentary election in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.
About 1,300 candidates from 21 political parties are contesting 90 parliamentary seats in Sunday's vote as tensions rise in the country after 15 people detained over an alleged plot to overthrow the government.
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