Thursday, August 28, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Russian Soldiers Suspected Of Killing Taxi Driver In Tajikistan

Police in Tajikistan have detained two Russian servicemen on suspicion of killing a taxi driver in the Central Asian nation.
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New Russian Gas Pipeline To China Could Cross Kazakhstan

Russia and Kazakhstan are considering building a new natural-gas pipeline to China.
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Former Local Kyrgyz Lawmaker Shot, Killed

A former regional lawmaker in Kyrgyzstan who reportedly had links to organized criminal groups has been gunned down in Kyrgyzstan.
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Women Protesting Kazakhstan Land Confiscation Suspend Hunger Strike

Five women protesting the confiscation of their property by Kazakhstan's government have suspended a hunger strike after 20 days.
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Tajik-Kyrgyz Border Talks In Bishkek

Talks between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on border issues have resumed, a day after a shooting left two Tajiks dead and five injured.
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Kazakh Gay Club Ad Causes Uproar

An on-line advertising banner for a gay club in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty has sparked a lawsuit and protests on social media.
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Tajik-Kyrgyz Border Shooting Incident

Kyrgyz border guards have reportedly fired at a group of Tajik villagers protesting Kyrgyz plans to build a highway and a bridge in a disputed area, wounding four of them.
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Kyrgyz State Security Files Libel Lawsuit Against Journalist

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (UKMK) reportedly has filed a libel lawsuit against an independent journalist in the country's southern region of Osh.
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Former Head Of Kyrgyz Gold Firm Remanded In Pretrial Detention

A court has rejected a request by the former head of Kyrgyzstan's state-owned gold producer, Dilger Japarov, to be transferred from pretrial detention to house arrest.
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Big Shanghai Cooperation Organization Military Drills Held in China

Around 7,000 servicemen from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan are participating in military exercises that Russian and Chinese media say are the largest ever held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
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