Tuesday, September 01, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

U.S. Campaign Highlights Plight Of Women ‘Political Prisoners’

The United States has launched a campaign to highlight cases of women who Washington says have been “unjustly imprisoned” by governments around the world.
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Alleged Police Beating Of Bearded Tajik Student Prompts Outrage, Investigation

Allegations that a beard-wearing university student was brutally beaten by Tajik police during his summer break has sparked public outrage in a country where such incidents are not exactly uncommon.
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Karimov Rules Out Foreign Bases

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has ruled out the establishment of any foreign military base in his country.
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Asia, Ex-Soviet Union Leaders To Make Show Of Support At Chinese WWII Event

Chinese authorities are planning lavish celebrations marking the anniversary of the end of World War II on September 3, an event largely being shunned by Western leaders but drawing a host of leaders from Asia and the former Soviet Union.
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Nazarbaev To Sign Deals In China

Kazakhstan's government says agreements worth $20 billion are to be signed in Beijing in the coming days during an official visit by President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
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New Walls Rise After Iron Curtain’s Fall

The idea of erecting barriers to keep undesirables at bay did not crumble with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
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Kyrgyzstan Hails 'Historic' Power Line

Kyrgyzstan inaugurated a Chinese-financed power line on August 28 that President Almazbek Atambaev called "a historic event."
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Tajik Islamic Party Banned

The Tajik Justice Ministry has banned the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) and given the only officially registered Islamic party in the former Soviet Union 10 days to halt all activities.
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Kyrgyz President Cancels U.S. Trip

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has canceled an upcoming trip to the United States that had been planned for late September.
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Russian Treasures In Uzbek Museum Feared At Risk

A world-renowned collection of avant-garde Russian art housed in a remote museum in Uzbekistan may be at risk after the director was abruptly fired on what staff say were trumped-up charges.
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