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WATCH: Hazaras Hold Mass Protest In Kabul Over Electricity Project

Video Hazara Rally In Kabul Against Power Project

Tens of thousands of minority Shi’ite Hazara have marched in the Afghan capital to protest the path of a multimillion-dollar power-line project. More

Turkmenistan Starts Indoor Games Countdown With 500-Day Horse Race

Turkmenistan has begun a long countdown to the fifth Asian Indoor and Martian Arts Games to be hosted by Ashgabat with the launching of a 500-day nationwide horse race. More

Religious Freedom Seen Deteriorating

The latest report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says religious freedom across the world deteriorated in 2015. More

Turkish police use a tear-inducing agent against demonstrators during a protest over the arrest of two reporters in Ankara late last year. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was singled out in the Freedom House report for his crackdown on journalists.

World Press Freedom At Lowest In More Than A Decade, Watchdog Says

A U.S.-based rights watchdog says press freedom in the world declined in 2015 to its lowest level in 12 years, under increased pressure from a combination of political, criminal, and terrorist elements. More

Russian Tanker Catches Fire In Caspian Sea

A fire broke out on a Russian oil tanker on the Caspian Sea, killing one crew member. More

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The Central Asian Referendum

Almost every referendum in Central Asia since the breakup of the Soviet Union has been about the executive branch of power and they are usually about giving the executive branch more power. Tajikistan's May 22 poll is no exception. More

Information Blackout In Turkmenistan’s Hinterland

The dismantling and removal of satellite dishes in Turkmenistan continues. That is not news; it’s been happening in the capital, Ashgabat, and surrounding areas for years now. Many suspect the reason is the desire of the authorities to prevent the country's people from accessing outside information. More
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Features & Commentary

Don't Mess With Turkmenistan's Horses

Turkmenistan's authoritarian president has a soft spot for Akhal-Teke horses -- the country's national symbol. So he has passed a new law regulating the horses' lives.

'Torture By Hunger': Horse Breeder Describes Desperate Days In Turkmen Prison

During the repressive rein of President Saparmurat Niyazov, horse expert Geldy Kyarizov went from the halls of Turkmenistan's government to a "horrific" penitentiary where he spent five months before his release. Allowed to leave the secretive Central Asian state in September, Geldy Kyarizov gave RFE/RL a harrowing account of "torture by hunger" in its toughest prison.
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