Hundreds have been detained in protests across Kazakhstan over a new government policy to privatize farmlands and open the agricultural sector to foreign capital.
Voters in Tajikistan approved changes to the constitution allowing President Emomali Rahmon—in office since 1992—to rule indefinitely, as well as expanding his powers.
The family of Tashi Wangchuk, an advocate for Tibetan language rights in Qinghai province, reports that the has "disappeared" since a New York Times story on his efforts.
The year's first self-immolation in the Tibetan region was reported as a monk burned to death in Kardze prefecture. An exile-born Tibetan youth survived his self-immolation in India.
With Moscow threatening sanctions against Turkey, plans for a Russo-Turkish free trade zone and joint gas pipeline route appear be on hold.
A former police commander from Tajikistan was featured in an ISIS video boasting that he had been trained by Blackwater in the US under State Department aegis.
A Tibetan nomad imprisoned eight years for calling for the return of the Dalai Lama was released, but his home county is tense over the death in custody of an activist monk.
Protesters attacked the Thai consulate in Istanbul as Bangkok deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that they could face persecution and torture.
Up to 28 were killed in an attack on a police checkpoint in Xinjiang, as Chinese authorities take measures to discourage observance of Ramadan in the mostly Muslim region.
A court in Tajikistan sentenced human rights lawyer Sukhrat Kudratov to nine years in prison, in what Amnesty International called "a serious setback for the freedom of expression."
Facebook's deletion of a post by Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser comes just after Mark Zuckerberg met in Beijing with China's minister for Internet censorship Lu Wei.
The People's Court of Kashgar in China's Muslim-majority western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for "illegal religious activities" and related crimes.