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Despite significant pressure from the Taliban, Radio Azadi is one of the most popular and trusted media outlets in Afghanistan.

Central Asia in Focus: Is the Taliban’s Controversial Canal Leaking Water?

In this week’s edition: is the Taliban’s controversial canal leaking water? Plus a Kyrgyz Kurultai turns into a cult fest for President Japarov, and more.

Journalists in Trouble: Russian Authorities Bring New Charge Against Alsu Kurmasheva

Alsu Kurmasheva faces new charge; four RFE/RL journalists mark Human Rights Day behind bars; and more.

Central Asia in Focus: Taliban Mark Milestone in Controversial Canal Project

In this week’s edition: Taliban mark milestone in controversial canal project, the UN calls on Kyrgyzstan not to pass the “foreign representatives” law, Russia wants Kazakhstan to hand over a…

Central Asia in Focus: Kyrgyz Authorities Trying to Close Down Kloop

In this week’s edition: Kyrgyz authorities try to shut down Kloop, Kazakhstan builds its oil tanker fleet, markets reopen along the Tajik-Afghan border, and more.

Central Asia in Focus: Concerns and Opportunities with the Taliban

In this week’s edition: Central Asian countries’ concerns about the Taliban, China funds a hydropower plant, and more.

Central Asia in Focus: Kazakh Opposition Party Denied Registration For 16th Time

Kazakh opposition party denied registration, Taliban rejects Central Asian fuel, the deteriorating human rights situation in Tajikistan, and more.

Central Asia in Focus: No Change in Uzbekistan Until At Least 2037

Plus the falling Russian ruble’s effect on remittances, the new China-Afghanistan route, and more.

Central Asia in Focus: Water Clashes

Afghan-Iran clashes over water, Kyrgyz “Foreign Representatives” law, Uzbek Opposition Leader attacked, and more.

Journalists in Trouble: RFE/RL Challenges Kyrgyz Government Crackdown

Kyrgyz government continues crackdown on RFE/RL; Taliban blocks Radio Azadi websites; Iran sanctions RFE/RL President; and more.