Sunday, June 26, 2016


News and Features from Central Asia

Kyrgyz 'IS Militant' Arrested Returning From Syria

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have arrested a 21-year-old Kyrgyz man on charges that he joined so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and returned to Kyrgyzstan with plans to carry out a series of terrorist attacks in the Central Asian country.
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Second Kazakh Anthrax Outbreak This Week

Kazakh authorities say an outbreak of anthrax has been confirmed in the eastern part of the country -- the second outbreak to infect villagers in Kazakhstan within a week.
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Putin: India, Pakistan Could Join SCO In 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held out the possibility that India and Pakistan could join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2017.
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SCO Leaders Meeting In Tashkent

Presidents of member states and countries with the status of observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) were in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent, on June 23 for the start of a two-day summit.
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Weightlifters From Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan Face Rio Ban

The International Weightlifting Federation says weightlifting teams from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus could be banned from the 2016 Olympics in August because of positive drug tests on samples from previous Olympics.
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Germany Arrests Tajik IS Suspect

Germany says it has arrested a Tajik man suspected of joining the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria.
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Kyrgyz Bill On Media Ownership Advances

Kyrgyzstan's parliament has given initial approval to a bill banning foreign individuals and organizations from owning and establishing media outlets in the country.
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Kremlin: SCO To Discuss Afghanistan At Summit

Russia says the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will discuss a "very tense situation" in Afghanistan when the grouping holds its summit in Uzbekistan this week.
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Anthrax Deaths Confirmed In Kazakhstan

A state forensic laboratory in central Kazakhstan has confirmed that two villagers in the Qaraghandy region have died as a result of anthrax infections.
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Tajikistan Confiscates Thousands Of 'Hazardous' China-Made Toys

Tajikistan's consumer rights protection agency, Tajik Standard, has confiscated large amounts of counterfeit and low-quality toys from China over health and safety issues.
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