Tuesday, January 27, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

UN Official Urges Independent Investigation Of Zhanaozen

The UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association says an independent international investigation into the deadly 2011 events in the Kazakh city of Zhanaozen is needed.
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Russia Tumbles In Business Index

A new report says economic freedom in several countries of the Baltics, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Central Asia have jumped ahead of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
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Once Extremely Popular In U.S.S.R., Singer Roussos Dead At 68

World-renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos died in Athens at the age of 68.
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At Least 2,500 In Kyrgyzstan Protest Caricatures Of Muhammad

At least 2,500 people have protested in the Kyrgyz city of Jalal-Abad against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, saying cartoons like those published by French weekly Charlie Hebdo "insult the feelings of religious believers."
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Kazakh Journalists' Rights Defender Joins Editor's Hunger Strike

The head of an NGO that protects journalists in Kazakhstan has joined a hunger strike to protest the closure of an independent magazine.
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Kazakh Border Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption Charge

The former head of Kazakhstan’s Border Guard Service, Nurlan Zholamanov, has pleaded not guilty in a high-profile corruption case.
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Kyrgyzstan Detains Six Suspected Militants, Says Four Trained In Syria

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan say security forces apprehended six suspected militants, including four accused of undergoing training in Syria, in an operation in the southern Osh province last week.
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Terror Suspects Held In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz security forces have conducted an operation that led to six suspected terrorists being taken into custody and weapons and ammunition being seized
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Reporters Held Ahead Of Almaty Rally

Journalists and rights activists who planned to rally in support of a Kazakh magazine that was ordered closed last month were reportedly being detained as they left their homes by police
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Kazakhstan Declares Some 700 Websites 'Extremist' In 2014

The prosecutor general's office in Kazakhstan announced on January 23 that reviews on the Internet during 2014 determined more than 700 websites contained material considered "extremist" and were ordered blocked
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