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News and Features from Central Asia

Kazakh Sentenced On Ethnic Hatred Charge

​A court in Kazakhstan's northern city of Petropavlovsk has sentenced a man to three years in jail for "inciting interethnic hatred and discord via the Internet."
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Kazakh Leader Calls For 'Historic' Olympics Decision

The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the International Olympics Committee July 31 to make a "historic decision" by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty rather than Beijing.
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Photogallery By The Numbers: Almaty's Winter Olympics Bid

What would make Almaty's hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics a historic milestone? How many minutes would it take athletes to travel to most competition areas? Here's a rundown of the answers to these and other questions ahead of the July 31 decision on whether Almaty or Beijing will host the games.
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Photogallery Mixed Feelings About Almaty 2022 Bid

As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides between Almaty and Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, many Kazakhs are excited about the prospect. But others say the investment required to sell Almaty as a suitable site would be better spent improving living standards.
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Ablyazov's Brother-in-Law Detained

Fugitive Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov's brother-in-law, Syrym Shalabaev, has been detained in Vilnius.
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Woman Suspected Of Propagating Terrorism Detained In Kazakhstan's East

Kazakh authorities say a woman has been detained in the eastern town of Zyryanovsk on suspicion of propagating international terrorism.
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U.S., Kyrgyzstan Discuss Troubled Ties

The U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, Richard Hoagland, and Kyrgyz Deputy Foreign Minister Askar Beshimov have discussed the troubled bilateral ties between their two countries in Bishkek.
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Drunken Russian Soldiers In Underwear Brawl

Residents near a Russian military base in southern Tajikistan say a group of drunken Russian soldiers in their underwear brawled in the street overnight with local Tajik men who had confronted them about their raucous behavior.
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Bishkek Opens Outdoor Fitness Park To Encourage Healthy Lifestyle

Authorities in Bishkek have opened an outdoor gym at a city park to encourage healthy lifestyle.
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Kazakhstan Formally Joins WTO

The WTO General Council has approved oil-rich Kazakhstan's membership on July 27, finalizing almost 20 years of negotiations.
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