Sunday, May 24, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Photogallery Saiga Antelope Death Toll In Kazakhstan Reaches 85,000

The death toll in a mysterious mass deaths of critically endangered saiga antelopes has risen sharply to 85,000, according to authorities in Kazakhstan who are still unsure of the cause.
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HRW Wants Kyrgyz To Reject 'Foreign Agents' Bill

Human Rights Watch has called on Kyrgyz deputies to reject a bill requiring domestic NGOs that receive foreign funding and engage in "political activities" to register as "foreign agents."
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Kyrgyz Join Russia-Led EES

Kyrgyzstan's president has signed a law ratifying treaties on his country's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EES).
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Photogallery What Is Killing Off Kazakhstan's Rare Antelope?

Herds of one of Central Asia's most iconic animals, Kazakhstan's saiga antelope, are dwindling rapidly and no one seems to know why.
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Mystery Of Missing Tajik OMON Commander Deepens

Tajik authorities vow to shed light on the fate of a missing OMON commander amid sensational reports he was arrested abroad while holding a fake passport and extradited home.
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Tajik Lawmakers Back Tajik-Chinese Extradition Deal

Tajikistan's parliament has unanimously approved a Tajik-Chinese agreement on the mutual extradition of suspected and convicted felons.
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Kazakh Saiga Die-Off Reaches 20,000

The death toll in a sudden die-off of critically endangered saiga antelope is nearing 20,000, according to authorities in northern Kazakhstan who are still unsure of the cause.
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Kazakh Villagers See Restored Stalin Statue Fall Again

A group of Kazakh villagers lovingly restored their hometown's crumbling Stalin statue, but local authorities didn't let it stand for long.
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Tajiks Probe Fake Permits For Hijab, Beards

Tajik prosecutors are investigating suspected fraud in connection with the sale of bogus permits to people hoping to avoid falling afoul of state efforts to combat religious extremism.
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Kyrgyz Antigay Activists Charged

Several antigay activists in Kyrgyzstan have been charged with hooliganism after they disrupted an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community event in Bishkek.
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