Sunday, February 14, 2016


News and Features from Central Asia

In Kazakhstan, Fire Hits Highest Tower Under Construction In Central Asia

A fire broke out at a construction site where Central Asia's tallest tower is being built in the Kazakh capital, Astana.
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Jailed Kazakh Lawyer 'On Hunger Strike'

The mother of a Kazakh lawyer jailed for hitting a judge with a fly swatter says her son has been on hunger strike since January 13.
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Kazakh Opposition Allowed To Register

Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission has registered the list of candidates of the opposition Nationwide Social-Democratic Party (NSDP) to run in upcoming parliamentary elections.
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Date Set For Tajik Referendum On Constitutional Changes

Tajikistan is to hold a referendum on May 22 on constitutional amendments that would enable President Emomali Rahmon to establish a presidential dynasty.
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Tajik Islamic Party Members Go On Trial

The Tajik Supreme Court has started hearings in the trial of 13 leading members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan accused of attempting to overthrow the government.
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Video Uzbek President Calls Homosexuality 'Vulgar' Western Habit

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has lashed out at homosexuality, calling it a "vulgar" manifestation of Western culture, in a new attack against gays in the former Soviet Union.
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Nazarbaev, Putin Discuss Ukrainian Crisis, Moscow-Ankara Standoff

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbaev, spoke on the phone on February 8.
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Actor With Kyrgyzstan's Russian Drama Theater Found Dead

An actor with the Kyrgyz capital's Chingiz Aitmatov Russian Drama Theater has been found dead.
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Kyrgyzstan Releases RFE/RL Reporter

A correspondent for RFE/RL's Tajik Service, who was detained by Kyrgyz border guards at a disputed segment of the border between the two Central Asian nations, has been released.
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Cash Crunch, Stretched Military Spur Russian Troop Cuts Near Afghan Frontier

Money troubles and a military stretched by war in Syria and Ukraine have prompted Russia to reverse plans to send more troops to Tajikistan -- despite what Kremlin officials say is a growing threat from Islamic militants across the border in Afghanistan.
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