China forms regional anti-militancy alliance

Three Muslim-majority south and central Asian countries have joined a Chinese-led military alliance to counter Islamist militancy, officials said Thursday, in a move that could challenge long-standing US dominance in the region.

Tajikistan to fine reporters who use words regular readers don't know

The autocratic former Soviet republic of Tajikistan will impose fines of up to 100 US dollars on journalists who use words that regular readers don't know, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Monday.