Friday, November 28, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Tajik Islamic Party Labels Sex Video An 'Attack' Ahead Of Elections

A sexually explicit video purporting to show a prominent female party official has been denounced as an attempt to discredit Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party ahead of February's parliamentary elections.
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UN Experts Urge Kyrgyz Parliament To Withdraw Anti-Gay Bill

A group of United Nations human rights experts has urged Kyrgyz Parliament to withdraw a bill that suggests legal prosecution for what it calls "gay propaganda."
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Convict Avoids Prison After Swearing Loyalty To Kazakh President

A court in Kazakhstan has convicted a former governor of financial crimes but released him from custody after he asked forgiveness from President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
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U.S. Senators In Uzbek Prisoner Plea

A group of U.S. Senators has urged Uzbek President Islam Karimov to release five prisoners whose detention "appears to be politically motivated."
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Russian Journalist Seeks U.S. Asylum

The editor-in-chief of an independent Russian news website says he will seek political asylum in the United States.
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Kazakhstan 'Close' To WTO Membership

The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) says the 160-member body is in active discussions with 10 countries aiming to become members, including Kazakhstan and Afghanistan.
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Uzbek, Kazakh Leaders Stress Closer Ties

Uzbek President Islam Karimov and his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbaev, stressed the importance of bilateral relations for regional security during a meeting in Astana on November 25.
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Kyrgyz Woman Arrested Following Sex-Slavery Allegation

Police in southern Kyrgyzstan have arrested a woman accused of selling an acquaintance into sexual slavery.
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Kazakhstan Bans Video About Citizens Fighting In Syria

Kazakhstan has banned a video showing Kazakh children alleging they were preparing to fight alongside Islamist militants in Syria.
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Kazakh Boxing Champ Honored With Wrong Anthem

Kazakhstan's former national anthem has been played at an international sports event in South Korea.
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