Saturday, March 28, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Tajik Imams Call For Islamic Party's Closure At Friday Prayers

Imams at several mosques across Tajikistan have urged Muslims to support the closure of the Islamic Renaissance Party, calling for a referendum to dissolve the only officially registered Islamic party in former Soviet Central Asia.
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U.S. Citizen Detained In Kyrgyzstan; NGO Office Raided

U.S. citizen Umar Farooq has been detained in southern Kyrgyzstan and the office of a nongovernmental organization he had been in touch with was raided.
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Floods Hit Eastern Kazakhstan, Residents Evacuated

Melting snow has caused serious flooding in Kazakhstan's eastern districts.
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Tajikistan Seeks Russian Help To Evacuate Medics From Yemen

Tajik officials say they have asked Russian authorities to help evacuate some 100 Tajik medical workers and their families from Yemen as a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes there.
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EU Chiefs Urged To Press Atambaev On Rights In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev was expected to face questions about the protection of human rights in his Central Asian country during meetings with senior EU officials on March 27.
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Kazakh Uranium Tycoon Dies In China

The president of Kazakhstan's uranium giant, KazAtomProm, the world's largest uranium producer, has died in Beijing, China.
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Floods Hit Central Kazakhstan, Residents Evacuated

Heavy rains and melting snow have caused severe flooding in the Qaraghandy region on the steppe in central Kazakhstan.
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Nazarbaev, Little-Known Candidates To Run For Kazakh President

Kazakhstan's Central Elections Commission says incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbaev and two other others have been officially registered as candidates for the April 26 presidential election.
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Senior Kyrgyz Official Arrested Over Alleged Bribe

A senior official at the Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General's Office has been arrested on suspicion of accepting a bribe.
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Kyrgyzstan Says Stops Tajiks From Joining Islamists In Syria

Kyrgyz authorities say they have prevented several Tajik nationals from joining Islamist militants in Syria.
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