Tuesday, September 23, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Kerry Meets Kazakh Foreign Minister

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov in Washington on September 22.
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Uzbekistan Bars Exiled Opposition Leader's Wife, Son

Uzbek authorities have barred the wife and a son of exiled opposition leader Bahodir Choriev from entering the country.
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Moscow Voices Pre-Summit Stance On Caspian

Russia is pressing its opposition to the division of the Caspian Sea into five sectors ahead of a summit of the five nations with coastlines on the inland sea.
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Jailed Kazakh Rights Defender On Hunger Strike

Jailed Kazakh human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin has started a hunger strike to demand a review of his case.
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Russia Hands Over Kazakh In BTA Case

Russia's prosecutor-general has handed over Erlan Kosaev, a former official with Kazakhstan's BTA bank who is accused of involvement in an embezzlement scheme that cost the bank billions of dollars.
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Video Comedy Troupe Too Risque For Uzbek Stage

Million is one of the top comedy acts in Uzbekistan, with sold-out performances and thousands of adoring fans. But the authorities have banned the troupe after it failed to clean up its act.
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Turkmenistan's Future Diplomats Complete OSCE Course

Sixty Turkmen students majoring in international relations and international law have completed training the OSCE hopes will help strengthen the Central Asian former Soviet republic's connections with the outside world.
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Tajik President: 200 Jihadists In Iraq, Syria

Tajikistan's president says some 200 Tajik nationals have joined Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.
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Russian Police Arrest Alleged Smugglers Of Afghan Heroin

Russian police say they have seized more than 1,000 kilograms of Afghan-produced heroin and arrested more than 30 suspected drug traffickers in an operation targeting a criminal group with ties in Tajikistan.
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'-Stan' At Its End In Kyrgyzstan?

The -stan ending has been accused of tarnishing Kyrgyzstan's image, prompting a call for change.
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