Visiting Muslim countries in Russia's sphere of influence – a tightrope walk for Frank-Walter Steinmeier. DW is following his visit to Central Asia, where authoritarian regimes have become a source of extremism.
Germany's top diplomat, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has arrived in Uzbekistan to discuss bilateral ties and counterterrorism strategies. Two more ex-Soviet states, Kirgizstan and Tajikistan, are also on his itinerary.
As foreign militants join the Taliban's fight against government forces in Afghanistan, Central Asian countries are more and more worried about the danger of Islamic fighters infiltrating the region. DW examines.
Most people immediately think about the Mideast or North Africa when they hear the name "Islamic State." But the terror militia also has an eye on the former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov has been buried in his birthplace, the ancient city of Samarkand. His demise leaves the country in a state of uncertainty following his long rule.
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