Friday, October 24, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Fugitive Kazakh Banker To Be Extradited

An appellate court in the French city of Lyon has authorized the extradition of fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov.
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Kyrgyz Embassy To Open In Azerbaijan

Kyrgyzstan announced it will open an embassy in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku.
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OHCHR Lambastes Kyrgyz Antigay Law

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the Kyrgyz government "to refrain from passing draft legislation" against sexual minorities.
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Uzbek President Starts Turkmen Visit

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has arrived in Turkmenistan for an official visit
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Life Sentence For Bakiev's Son

The son of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for embezzling millions of dollars of state funds.
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Kyrgyz Politician Detained On Drug Charges

Kyrgyz authorities say they have detained a political party leader who is suspected of trafficking illegal drugs.
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Tajik Border Official Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges

A high-ranking border services officer has reportedly been arrested in Tajikistan in connection with drug trafficking.
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Uzbekistan Urged To Free 'Prisoner Of Conscience'

Amnesty International says nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on Uzbek President Islam Karimov to immediately release a woman it calls a “prisoner of conscience.”
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Tajikistan To Pardon 10,000 Prisoners

Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon has submitted to the parliament a draft law on amnesty granting freedom for some 10,000 prisoners.
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Tajik Islamists 'Plotted Attacks'

Police in Tajikistan have reportedly arrested 20 alleged Islamist militants for plotting to blow up two road tunnels.
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