Thursday, March 05, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Tsarnaev's Lawyer Admits He Planted 2013 Boston Marathon Bombs

Gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings were recounted to jurors in Boston on March 4 as lawyers for the ethnic Chechen on trial for the attack admitted he carried out the assault.
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France To Extradite Kazakh Fugitive

The top French appeals court has upheld the extradition of fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov to either Russia or Ukraine.
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Kyrgyzstan Legalizes Firearms Use For Self-Defense

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has endorsed amendments to the country's Criminal Code allowing individuals to use firearms in self-defense.
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Leaders Of Russia's Turkic Republics Visit Bishkek

The leaders of two Russian Turkic republics visited Kyrgyzstan as Bishkek is getting ready to join Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EES).
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Tajik Activist Sentenced To 17 1/2 Years In Jail

A court in Dushanbe has sent a Tajik man to 17 and a half years in jail for insulting the president, calling for extremist actions and being a member of the banned opposition movement Group 24.
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Six Detained For Illegal Border Crossing In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz officials say six people have been detained for illegally crossing the border from Uzbekistan.
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Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party On Life Support

A resounding election defeat in Tajikistan's parliamentary elections has Central Asia's only Islamic party on the ropes.
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Kyrgyz Detain Alleged Female Members Of Hizb ut-Tahrir

Kyrgyz police have detained several women who are alleged members of a banned Islamic group.
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Arrest In Uzbek TV Anchor Killing

Uzbek authorities have confirmed that a popular TV anchor was killed and said they have arrested a suspect.
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Four More Children Fall Ill In Afflicted Kazakh Village

Four children have required medical assistance after they fell ill in a Kazakh village where many residents have experienced fainting spells and other symptoms in recent months.
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