Thursday, October 02, 2014


News and Features from Central Asia

Central Asian States Seek To Stem Military Draft Evasion

Central Asian governments are trying to prevent young men from evading mandatory military service during autumn conscription campaigns that began on October 1.
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Russian, Kazakh Lawmakers OK Union

Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans for a Eurasian Economic Union are coming closer to reality.
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Avalanche In Kyrgyzstan Kills Gold Mine Worker

A heavy avalanche in Kyrgyzstan's northern Issyk-Kul region has killed a contractor for the Kumtor gold mine.
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Russia: 14 Killed In Xenophobic Attacks In '14

A Moscow-based think tank that monitors xenophobia and extremism says 14 people have been killed and 77 injured in ethnically motivated attacks across Russia since the beginning of the year.
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Russia, Kazakhstan Sign Nuclear Cooperation Deal

Russian and Kazakh officials have signed an agreement on nuclear cooperation.
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Kyrgyz Arrest Hizb ut-Tahrir Recruiters

A group of women have been detained in Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Jalal-Abad for alleged membership in a banned Islamic group.
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Russian, Kazakh Leaders Meet In Atyrau To Discuss Ties

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to Kazakhstan’s western city of Atyrau on September 30 to attend a cooperation forum between Russian and Kazakh bordering regions.
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Two Ethnic Uzbek Taliban Fighters From Tajikistan Sentenced

A court in Dushanbe has sentenced two ethnic Uzbeks from Tajikistan's southern Khatlon province to nine years in jail for fighting in Afghanistan as Taliban members.
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Tajik Clerics' Fatwa Sparks Concerns

Tajik nongovernmental organizations and independent journalists have voiced concern with a fatwa by Tajikistan's Ulemas (Islamic clerics) Council barring Muslims from "cooperation with destabilizing media outlets" and criticizing the government.
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Eight Kyrgyz Jihadists Killed In Syria

Eight Kyrgyz nationals fighting in Syria in the ranks of Islamist forces against government troops have been killed.
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