Tuesday, October 21, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Uzbekistan Urged To Free 'Prisoner Of Conscience'

Amnesty International says nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on Uzbek President Islam Karimov to immediately release a woman it calls a “prisoner of conscience.”
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Tajikistan To Pardon 10,000 Prisoners

Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon has submitted to the parliament a draft law on amnesty granting freedom for some 10,000 prisoners.
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Tajik Islamists 'Plotted Attacks'

Police in Tajikistan have reportedly arrested 20 alleged Islamist militants for plotting to blow up two road tunnels.
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Antigay Group Breaks Up Bishkek Dance Gig

A group calling itself "Kalys," Kyrgyz for "arbitrator," has disrupted a scheduled performance of the Ukrainian dance group "Kazaky" in Bishkek.
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U.S. Having 'Stern' Talks With Baku

A U.S. State Department official says the United States has engaged in "stern conversations" with Azerbaijani officials about crackdowns on rights organizations in the Caucasus country.
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Russian Security Chief Meets Rakhmon

A senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Tajikistan's president to discuss measures to improve security on the Central Asian nation's border with Afghanistan.
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Militant Leader Killed In North Afghanistan

A leader of the Jundullah militant group has reportedly been killed in northern Afghanistan
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Russian Ambassador Against 'Putin Pub' In Bishkek

Russian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Andrei Krutko, has protested the new "Putin Pub" restaurant in Bishkek.
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Tajik, Azerbaijani Leaders Pledge Support For Territorial Integrity

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and visiting Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev have signed a declaration in Dushanbe, supporting their joint and individual efforts to counter threats to their countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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Kazakh Ex-Deputy Jailed

A former deputy agriculture minister in Kazakhstan, Muslim Omiraev, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on corruption charges.
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