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News and Features from Central Asia

Beijing To Assist Bishkek's Probe Into Chinese Embassy Attack

China says it will assist Kyrgyzstan in an investigation into a recent attack on the Chinese embassy in Bishkek.
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Kazakh Authorities Detain 21 Alleged Islamic Militants

Kazakh officials say alleged members of three militant Islamist groups have been apprehended in the western part of the country.
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As Death Rumors Swirl, Karimov Address Read Out On Uzbek TV, Daughter Cites Possible 'Recovery'

An Uzbek state TV anchor has read out an Independence Day address traditionally delivered by President Islam Karimov, who has been in hospital following a stroke that has launched conjecture about possible successors. The news follows earlier social media posts by Karimov's younger daughter, suggesting her 78-year-old father was still alive.
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U.S. Offers Bounty For Fugitive Tajik Colonel

The United States is offering a reward of $3 million for information about fugitive Tajik Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, who joined the Islamic State (IS) group last year.
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Kazakhstan Hunts Man Suspected Of Fighting Alongside Ukrainian Separatists

A court in Kazakhstan’s northwestern city of Aqtobe has added to the country's wanted list a local resident suspected of fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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Amid Conflicting Reports, Fate Of Ailing Uzbek President Remains Unclear

The fate of Uzbek President Islam Karimov remained uncertain on August 30, with no official word on his condition two days after the government announced he had been hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment.
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Video Suicide Bomber Attacks Chinese Embassy In Bishkek

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan say a suicide car bomber struck the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek on August 30, killing himself and wounding three Kyrgyz employees of the mission.
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Kazakh Journalist Union Chief Hospitalized For Second Time During Trial

The head of the Kazakh Journalists' Union and chairman of the National Press Club has been hospitalized for the second time since a trial began against him last week for on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion.
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Jailed Tajik Opposition Politician's Lawyer Remanded In Custody

Relatives of a lawyer for a jailed Tajik opposition politician who was linked by authorities to a September 2015 attempted coup say he has been sent to pretrial detention.
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Kyrgyzstan Jails Opposition Figure On Terrorism Charges

A court in Bishkek announced on August 29 that it has sentenced a controversial opposition figure to seven years in jail on terrorism-related charges.
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