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People walk in front of an election poster for Uzbek President Islam Karimov in Tashkent last week.

Uzbeks Vote For President

Uzbek authorities say turnout is high in a presidential election that appears certain to secure incumbent President Islam Karimov a fourth term in office. More

Kyrgyzstan Says Stops Tajiks From Joining Islamists In Syria

Kyrgyz authorities say they have prevented several Tajik nationals from joining Islamist militants in Syria. More

Uzbekistan Expels International Labor Rights Consultant

Uzbekistan has reportedly arrested and deported an international labor rights expert who was looking into labor practices in the Central Asian country More

Gulnara Karimova

Video Report: Karimova May Have Squeezed $1 Billion From Telecoms

A report by an investigative journalism organization says that Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, may have used bribery, extortion, and influence-peddling to acquire some $1 billion worth of shares and payments from tecommunications companies. More

The monument dedicated to participants of World War II in the city of Angren, near Tashkent, was demolished on March 19 as part of a redevelopment plan.

Uzbeks Demolish WWII Memorial

Authorities in Uzbekistan have demolished a statue of a Soviet soldier near the capital, a move that is starkly out of tune with Russian plans for proud celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War II. More

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Most Uzbeks Fighting For IS Came From Russia, Theologian Claims

Uzbek militants fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) group were recruited from among migrant workers in Russia and not within Uzbekistan, a senior Uzbek theologian has claimed. More

Orphaned Dictator: The Making Of Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov

Islam Karimov has been called a dictator, and among Central Asia’s “strongmen,” he is likely the strongest, or at least the most ruthless. He rules a country of 31 million people, nearly half the entire population of Central Asia, and he exerts strict control over his country. And he's about to be reelected. More
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Features & Commentary

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.

Russia's Foreign Legion Of Doubt

If Moscow is looking to its new foreign legion to help restore its Soviet-era military might, it has a bit of a minefield to clear first.

'Whistle-Blower' Details Alleged Corruption By Western Telecoms In Uzbekistan

In detailed documents provided to Norway's trade ministry, an anonymous sender alleges a telecom was complicit in bribe payments to the family of Uzbek President Islam Karimov.

Ghosts Of Sochi: Hundreds Killed In Olympic Construction

Hundreds of unresolved construction-worker deaths at the Sochi Winter Olympics still haunt Russia, as it begins massive building projects for the 2018 soccer World Cup.
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