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News and Features from Central Asia

Woman Suspected Of Propagating Terrorism Detained In Kazakhstan's East

Kazakh authorities say a woman has been detained in the eastern town of Zyryanovsk on suspicion of propagating international terrorism.
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U.S., Kyrgyzstan Discuss Troubled Ties

The U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, Richard Hoagland, and Kyrgyz Deputy Foreign Minister Askar Beshimov have discussed the troubled bilateral ties between their two countries in Bishkek.
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Drunken Russian Soldiers In Underwear Brawl With Tajik Men

Residents near a Russian military base in southern Tajikistan say a group of drunken Russian soldiers in their underwear brawled in the street overnight with local Tajik men who had confronted them about their raucous behavior.
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Bishkek Opens Outdoor Fitness Park To Encourage Healthy Lifestyle

Authorities in Bishkek have opened an outdoor gym at a city park to encourage healthy lifestyle.
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Kazakhstan Formally Joins WTO

The WTO General Council has approved oil-rich Kazakhstan's membership on July 27, finalizing almost 20 years of negotiations.
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Kyrgyz President Defends Ending U.S. Deal

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has defended his government's decision to terminate a long-standing cooperation agreement with the United States and accused Washington of "provocation" aimed at disrupting interethnic harmony in Kyrgyzstan.
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Graft Hearing Starts Against Kazakh Ex-PM

A Kazakh court began a preliminary hearing on July 27 in a case against former Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, who faces corruption charges.
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Kyrgyz President Sets Election Date

Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambaev has signed a decree that sets October 4 as the date for his country to conduct elections for a new parliament.
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Gazprom In Price Dispute With Turkmengaz

Gazprom has filed a lawsuit against Turkmenistan's Turkmengaz at an international arbitration court in Stockholm.
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Popular Kyrgyz Imam On Trial For Extremism

The imam of a large mosque in southern Kyrgyzstan has gone on trial for inciting religious discord.
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