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News and Features from Central Asia

Kazakh Land Law Protesters Face Charges

Kazakh authorities say individuals recently arrested for taking part or calling for unsanctioned mass protests are facing charges of inciting ethnic discord and of attempting to seize power by force.
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Oil Prices Soar Over $50, First In 2016

The price of premium crude oil has surged over $50 a barrel for the first time this year in Asian trading, giving a boost to the economies of oil producers from Russia and Kazakhstan to Iran and Iraq.
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Kazakhstan Reduces Charges Against Chief Of Journalists' Union

Kazakh authorities have softened the charges against the head of the Kazakh Journalists Union and chairman of the National Press Club, a local media rights group says.
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Kazakh Minister Apologizes For Remarks About Kyrgyz

Kazakhstan’s minister of culture and sports has apologized for his remarks about Kyrgyzstan and its turbulent recent history, which have sparked resentment in the neighboring country.
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Bishkek City Court Upholds Sentence Of Kyrgyz Presidential Office's Ex-Chief

A court in Bishkek has upheld a prison sentence against the former head of Kyrgyzstan's presidential office, Daniar Narymbaev.
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Kazakh Minister's Remarks Spark Anger In Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan's culture minister has sparked resentment with remarks about neighboring Kyrgyzstan and its turbulent recent history.
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Kazakhstan Publishes Map Of Homes Of Convicted Pedophiles

The Prosecutor-General's Office in Kazakhstan has published an interactive map of convicted pedophiles online.
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Kazakh Clampdown On Land Protests Leaves 'People's Bard' Behind Bars

One of the most outspoken opponents of Kazakh plans to dispense with huge swaths of land is a folksy singer who's not afraid to pick a fight with the government.
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Kazakh Journalist Jailed On Libel Charges

A prominent Kazakh journalist Guzyal Baidalinova has been sentenced to 18 months in jail on libel charges.
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Russia Arrests Tajik 'IS Recruiters'

Russian authorities have arrested two Tajiks suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria.
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