Tuesday, April 21, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Well-Known Russian Film Director Of Tajik Origin Dies In Berlin

Tajik-Russian director Bakhtiyor Khudoinazarov has died in a clinic in the German capital, Berlin.
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Three Detained In Threat Against Tajik Female Teachers

Officials in Tajikistan's restive Rasht district say three people have been detained on suspicion of vandalizing a school and leaving a note threatening female teachers with death if they do not stop teaching.
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Moderate Syrian Rebels Ask Kazakhstan To Host Opposition Talks

Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry says several Syrian opposition groups have asked President Nursultan Nazarbaev to host talks with opposition delegates in a bid to resolve Syria's civil war.
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Tajik Official Says Female Teachers Threatened In Anonymous Letter

Local officials say an anonymous letter demanding female teachers quit their jobs or face death has been left at a school in the eastern Tajik district of Rasht, a former stronghold of the Islamic opposition in the Central Asian nation.
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Kyrgyz, Kazakh Nationals Killed In Fiery Road Accident

A traffic accident in southern Kazakhstan has killed 16 people, including 14 citizens of neighboring Kyrgyzstan.
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Video Tajiks Weigh Ban On 'Bad Names'

In the latest round of Tajikistan's effort to influence what its citizens name their children, authorities are set to ban names they deem insulting, demeaning, or foreign to Tajik culture.
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Bekmambetov-Gabriadze Horror Movie Released In U.S.

A horror movie produced by Kazakh-Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Georgian actor-director Leo Gabriadze hits screens at theaters in the United States on April 17.
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Relatives Believe Uzbek Man Was Tortured To Death In Custody

Relatives of an Uzbek man who died in police custody this month say they believe he was tortured to death by police.
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Women's Prison Evacuated In Flood-Hit Kazakhstan

Inmates from a women's prison in Kazakhstan's central Qaraghandy region have been evacuated due to severe floods.
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Three More Kazakhs Jailed For Trying To Join IS Militants

A court in Kazakhstan's western city of Oral has sentenced three local residents to 3 1/2 years each on charges of attempting to join Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
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