Friday, July 25, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Kyrgyz State TV-Radio Chief Resigns

The general director of Kyrgyzstan's National Television and Radio Broadcasting Corporation (KTRK) has resigned.
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Kazakh Lawyer Jailed For Hitting Judge With Fly Swatter

A Kazakh court sentenced a local lawyer to three years in jail on July 24 for hitting a judge with a fly swatter.
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Kazakhs Continue Land Confiscation Protest

Several women and their children are continuing a demonstration against the confiscation of their property by the Kazakh government.
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Kyrgyz Official: Five Years Needed To Join Customs Union

Kyrgyzstan says it will need until 2020 to complete everything necessary to join the Russia-led Customs Union.
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Tajikistan Launches Its Own Social-Networking Site

Tajikistan has launched a new social-networking site expected to become an alternative to the Russian site odnoklassniki.ru, which had been inaccessible to many in Tajikistan since July 18.
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Kyrgyz Premier Concerned Uzbekistan Will Not Deliver Gas

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbaev has called on citizens and businesses to prepare to use coal instead of natural gas during the upcoming winter.
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Some 200 Foreign Climbers Stuck In Kyrgyz Mountains

Kyrgyzstan's Union of Tour Operators says some 200 foreign mountaineers have been stuck in the country's Tian Shan Mountains after the Defense Ministry halted rescue operations because of harsh weather.
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Nigerian Shot In Kyrgyz Resort

A Nigerian man was hospitalized after being shot by an unknown assailant in a Kyrgyz resort near lake Issyk-Kul.
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Kazakhs Protest Confiscation Of Land

Several women and their children have held a demonstration against the confiscation of their property by the Kazakh government.
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Russian Cement-Maker Faces Loss Of Assets In Uzbekistan

Russia's cement-producing giant Eurocement is facing the loss of its facility in Uzbekistan in a nationalization drive by the Central Asian country.
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