The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States was established in 2009 as an intergovernmental organisation aiming to promote comprehensive cooperation among Turkic speaking states.
If the Uzbek president wants genuine reform of religious freedoms in the country, he faces a steep uphill battle.
The country's head of security forces accused Almazbek Atambayev of planning a coup before he was detained in raids on his compound last week, state news agency Kabar says.
The stand-off between former president Almazbek Atambayev and his successor and former protege President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, risks destabilising the Central Asian nation, which hosts a Russian military air base and is a major centre for gold mining.
Kyrgyz forces were reported pulling out of a village after an unsuccessful raid to try to arrest the country's ex-president Almazbek Atambayev at his residence in an operation that left one serviceman dead and dozens of people injured.
The leaders of Turkey, Russia, Qatar, China, and Iran arrived for Asian cooperation summit in Tajikistan, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the world to respect UN resolutions and the historical and legal status of Jerusalem.
'It is unacceptable that leading FETO members in Kyrgyzstan were invited to an iftar dinner,' says Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
Media watchdog Reportes Without Borders (RSF) warns political leaders' hostility towards the media have "fuelled an unprecedented level of fear and danger for journalists".
Kazakhstan's leader for the past thirty years has voluntarily left the presidency, a first in the region.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara received a 'positive response' from the US regarding the Patriot sale, which was initiated two years ago.
The cargo plane carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan skidded off a runway during an emergency landing at Fath airport near capital Teheran before crashing into a wall, the army said in a statement.
The Dungan, a little-known community of Russian-speaking Muslims of Arab-Chinese descent, have survived years of religious persecution and yet managed to keep their identity intact.
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