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Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov

Uzbek Official Charged With Corruption

The Uzbek official responsible for confiscating the assets of disgraced presidential daughter Gulnara Karimova has been charged with corruption and abuse of office. More

Ruzi Nazar was eulogized as "probably the last of the Cold War warrior-spies." (undated file photo)

Central Asian Cold Warrior Ruzi Nazar Dies In Turkey

Ruzi Nazar, who was born in the year of the Bolshevik Revolution and spent most of a long lifetime battling against Soviet domination of Central Asia, died in Turkey on April 30. He was 98. More

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Muhammad Bekjanov is the world’s longest imprisoned journalist.

U.S. Urges Release Of Uzbek Journalist

The United States has urged Uzbekistan to release opposition journalist Muhammad Bekjanov, who has been imprisoned since 1999, and ease restrictions on journalists in the authoritarian Central Asian state. More

The Freedom House report mentioned the detention of investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova (left) in its criticism of Azerbaijan's media space. (file photo)

Watchdog Says Press Freedom At Lowest Point In 10 Years

Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in a global decline of press freedom during 2014, bringing the world's press freedom to its lowest point in more than 10 years. More

Uzbek Man Detained For Attempted Snatching Bride In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz authorities have arrested an Uzbek man for attempting to snatch a bride in the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. More

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Terror Threat Prompts Uzbek Security Alert

Rapid reaction forces from Uzbekistan's National Security Service (SNB) and the Interior Ministry have been deployed in the Parkent district, some 20 kilometers outside Tashkent, after threats were made to blow up several buildings in the area. More

Uzbek, Chechen Militant Groups Fight Alongside Islamists In Major Syrian Offensive

An ethnic Uzbek militant group has posted a video showing its members fighting alongside Syrian Sunni Islamist factions in the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib Province. More
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Central Asia Medical Workers Struggle To Escape Yemen Violence

The conflict in Yemen has left hundreds of Central Asian medical workers struggling to find a way out.

New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Out Of The Uzbek Cotton Fields, On To The Scrap Yard

Uzbek schoolchildren don't have to pick cotton anymore, but they still have to meet collection quotas for metal, paper, and other recyclables needed by the state.

Activists Seek To Give Uzbeks Real Choice In Presidential Vote

Lacking a transparent presidential election with a range of candidates in Uzbekistan, activists outside the country created a virtual one online.
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