Wednesday, September 17, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Turkmen Leader Meets With Iranian Defense Minister in Ashgabat

The president of Turkmenistan has met with the defense chief of Iran, the officially neutral Central Asian nation's southern neighbor.
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New Kyrgyz Trial Of Toppled Leader's Son

A court in Kyrgyzstan opened a new in absentia-trial of former President Kurmanbek Bakiev's son Maksim on September 17.
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Kyrgyz Detain Utilities Protesters

Police in Kyrgyzstan have thwarted plans for a protest over electricity prices by detaining three organizers.
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Second Kazakh Penitentiary Picketed By Inmates' Relatives

Dozens of relatives of inmates have picketed a prison in the Kazakh city of Pavlodar, demanding to see their loved ones in the second such incident in the Central Asian nation this month.
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Turkmenistan To Open Embassy In Kyrgyzstan

Turkmenistan is planning to open an embassy in Kyrgyzstan soon, part of an effort by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to decrease his country's isolation.
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Islamic Group Member Said Beaten By Police in Kyrgyzstan

Relatives say security forces severely beat a member of a banned Islamic group while arresting him in southern Kyrgyzstan.
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Russia Imprisons Three Tajiks From Banned Islamic Group

A court in Russia's Far East has convicted three Tajik nationals of membership in a "terrorist" group.
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Kyrgyz Activists Protest Against Oil Refinery Construction

About 100 residents of the city of Tokmok in northern Kyrgyzstan are protesting against a new oil refinery.
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My Son The Jihadist

A Kazakh father recently got a first-hand view into his son's life as a jihadist in Iraq.
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SCO Backs Ukraine Peace Plan, China Pledges $5 Billion

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has backed a cease-fire deal agreed for eastern Ukraine last week and called for talks to continue until the conflict is resolved.
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