Tuesday, July 07, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Central Asian Migrants Sue Russian Employer Over Unpaid Wages

Dozens of street sweepers from Central Asia are combining forces to take their Russian employer to court over unpaid wages.
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U.S. Export Bank, Expiring June 30, May Be Revived In Senate Vote

The supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank have enough votes in the Senate to revive it and will get a chance to do so, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said June 29.
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Turkmenistan Celebrates President's Birthday

Turkmenistan is marking the 58th birthday of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov with celebrations around the country.
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Russian Soft Power In Central Asia

The Kremlin surprised many with the media machine it unleashed on the world after pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014. How is it working in Central Asia?
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U.S. Loans For Big Eurasian Projects May Soon Dry Up

A crucial source of financing may soon no longer be available for purchasing expensive equipment needed for farming in Ukraine, earth-moving in Kazakhstan, and oil and gas operations in Russia and Iraq.
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Video U.S. Rights Report Slams IS Militants, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Among Others

In a new report, the U.S. State Department strongly criticizes Islamic State (IS) militants -- as well as the Russian, Iranian, and Azerbaijani governments -- for human rights abuses.
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Uzbekistan Burns Afghan Drugs

Drug enforcement officers in Uzbekistan have burned 1.4 tons of drugs, as Central Asia's most populous nation attempts to curb the flow of narcotics from neighboring Afghanistan.
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Kyrgyz Antigay Bill Clears Hurdle

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would criminalize so-called gay propaganda.
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Video Islamic Party Members Resign En Masse In Tajikistan

As dozens of party members and officials publicly announce their departure from Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party, its leaders are putting on a brave face and saying the situation does not reflect reality.
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Nazarbaev Hails End Of WTO Talks

President Nursultan Nazarbaev has hailed the "new horizons" opening up to Kazakhstan after the country completed 20 years of talks on joining the World Trade Organization.
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