Tuesday, March 31, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

Uzbek Group Pledge Allegiance To IS

A group of Uzbeks in northern Afghanistan, claiming to be from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), says it is pledging allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group.
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Senior Tajik Drug Control Officers Detained On Bribe Allegations

Two top officials at Tajikistan's State Agency for Drugs Control (OGMM) have been detained on suspicion of bribe-taking.
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Uzbek President Karimov Reelected

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe say Uzbekistan's presidential election lacked genuine opposition to incumbent Islam Karimov and was marred by legal and organizational shortcomings
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U.S. Citizen Deported From Kyrgyzstan

U.S. citizen Umar Farooq, who was detained by Kyrgyz authorities last week, was deported from Kyrgyzstan.
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Uzbek Election Results To Be Announced

Uzbekistan’s Central Election Commission says it will announce preliminary results on March 30 from the country’s presidential election.
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New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.
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Uzbeks Vote For President

Uzbek authorities say turnout is high in a presidential election that appears certain to secure incumbent President Islam Karimov a fourth term in office.
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Lawyers For Kyrgyz NGO Lodge Protest Over Raid

Two lawyers for the Kyrgyz nongovernmental organization Bir Duyno have filed a protest with the country's prosecutor general after a raid on the NGO's office in Osh.
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Kazakhstan, China Sign Deals Worth $23 Billion

Kazakhstan's prime minister has signed deals worth some $23.6 billion during his visit to China.
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Tajik Imams Call For Islamic Party's Closure At Friday Prayers

Imams at several mosques across Tajikistan have urged Muslims to support the closure of the Islamic Renaissance Party, calling for a referendum to dissolve the only officially registered Islamic party in former Soviet Central Asia.
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