Sunday, April 20, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Kazakh President Sounds Nuclear Warning

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has voiced concern about what he calls the "possible end of cooperation between the world's leading nuclear powers."
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Karimov Signs Decree For WWII Veterans

Uzbekistan’s state media carried the presidential decree on April 19, saying that in connection with celebrations for the 69th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany -- due to be marked in the country next month -- each veteran will receive 600,000 soms ($264) as a one-time financial support.
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Italian Refugee Status For Kazakh Family

Italy has granted refugee status to the wife and daughter of Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former head of one of Kazakhstan's largest banks who is wanted for embezzlement.
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Blast Kills Two Childen In Kyrgyzstan

Two children have been killed in a blast in Kyrgyzstan's southern province of Batken.
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Kazakh Magazine's Hitler Issue Slammed

A celebrity magazine in Kazakhstan is under fire for devoting its latest issue to Adolf Hitler.
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Probe Launched Into 'Illegal Release' Of Reputed Kyrgyz Crime Boss

Investigations have been launched into last year's release of a reputed crime boss in Kyrgyzstan.
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Kyrgyz PM Says Joining Customs Union Is 'Right Step'

Joomart Otorbaev says joining a Russia-led Customs Union will help his country tackle many economic and social challenges.
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SCO Discusses Afghan Withdrawal

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have met in the Tajik capital to discuss regional security in the wake of the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
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Kyrgyz Pass Law On 'False Information'

The Kyrgyz parliament has approved amendments to the country's Criminal Code that make "spreading false information via the media" illegal.
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More Powers To Uzbek Parliament, PM

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has signed a law on amendments to the constitution, broadening the powers of the parliament and prime minister.
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