Friday, September 04, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Suspect In Imam Shooting Linked To Uzbek Club

A Swedish prosecutor says an Uzbek suspect in the 2012 assassination attempt on an outspoken emigre cleric was allowed into the European Union on the basis of a letter of support from Uzbekistan's leading soccer club ahead of the attack.
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Bomb Blast Near Tashkent Mosque

A bomb has exploded near the Tokhtaboy Mosque in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, where a controversial imam was once the chief cleric.
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Video Tajikistan: 17 Killed In 'Terrorist' Attacks

Tajik officials say eight police officers and nine alleged assailants have been killed in attacks in and around the capital, prompting the U.S. Embassy to close and sparking fears of further violence in the Central Asian country.
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Uzbek Regime 'Behind' Shooting

A Swedish prosecutor says there is abundant evidence suggesting that Uzbek authorities were behind a February 2012 assassination attempt against an outspoken emigre cleric who was critical of President Islam Karimov's government.
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Uzbekistan Doesn't Believe In Political Science

Uzbekistan's Education Ministry has eliminated political science from university curriculums, saying it doesn't fit the domestic developmental model.
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Soyuz Blasts Off For ISS

A Soyuz rocket carrying three crew has blasted off for the International Space Station.
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Kazakh President Touts $23 Billion In Deals With China

Kazakhstan and China signed 25 agreements worth $23 billion, aiming to move cooperation dominated by raw materials to products with greater added value, the Kazakh president's office said on September 1.
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U.S. Highlights Women Political Prisoners

The United States has launched a campaign to highlight cases of women who Washington says have been “unjustly imprisoned” by governments around the world.
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Alleged Police Beating Of Bearded Tajik Student Prompts Outrage, Investigation

Allegations that a beard-wearing university student was brutally beaten by Tajik police during his summer break has sparked public outrage in a country where such incidents are not exactly uncommon.
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Karimov Rules Out Foreign Bases

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has ruled out the establishment of any foreign military base in his country.
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