Thursday, December 18, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Afghan Villagers Threaten To Attack Turkmenistan

Villagers in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province claim Turkmenistan is stealing their agricultural land and are threatening to attack Turkmen border guards
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Kazakh National Bank Raises Interest Rate

The National Bank of Kazakhstan (QUB) has raised the interest rate for commercial banks from 2.75 percent to 3.05 percent.
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Embattled Kazakh Lawyer Released From Psychiatric Clinic

Kazakh lawyer Zinaida Mukhortova, who was forcibly put into a psychiatric clinic, has been released from the institution.
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Kyrgyzstan Shuts Down Jihadist Website

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have closed down the website Kloop.kz for posting a video that showed Kazakh children who were living in areas in Syria under the control of the Islamic State militant group
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Nazarbaev Calls On Kazakhs To Defend Independence, Unity

President Nursultan Nazarbaev has called on citizens to defend Kazakhstan's independence and laid out plans for a new celebration of the Central Asian country's history.
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Kazakh Gets Prison Term For Fighting In Ukraine

The Sary-Arqa District Court in the Kazakh capital found Yevgeny Vdovenko guilty of intentional and illegal participation in a military conflict abroad after he fought alongside pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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Medvedev, Abdullah Meet In Astana

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Afghan counterpart Abdullah Abdullah held talks on the sidelines of a gathering of prime ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Astana, on December 15.
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Baikonur Residents Say Falling Ruble Taking Its Toll

Local residents who work at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan say the decline of the Russian ruble is eroding their living standards.
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Poet Yevtushenko Hospitalized in Russia After Fall

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who achieved a rock-star level of fame during the Soviet era, was hospitalized on December 14 after a fall during a visit to the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
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Kazakh Leader Warns Moscow

The prime ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states are meeting in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.
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