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Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of the late president of Uzbekistan, who is serving a prison term on corruption charges, has asked President Shavkat Mirziyoev for clemency.

In a June 23 statement posted on Instagram by her daughter, Gulnara Karimova said she was "sorry," while expressing regret "over any disappointment that I may have caused."

Karimova said she is in need of surgery for an unspecified health problem.

Karimova claimed that $1.2 billion of her assets had already been repatriated to Uzbekistan and was "now working for the benefit of the budget of the republic."

She also said that she had told her lawyers to end legal claims on another $686 million kept on her bank accounts abroad.

The statement came about a week after Karimova's Swiss lawyer, Gregoire Mangeat, warned about her health.

Karimova, once seen as a possible successor to her father, Islam Karimov, has been tied to money-laundering investigations in Sweden and Switzerland, and was convicted for financial crimes in Uzbekistan.

She was placed under house arrest in Tashkent in 2014, when her father was still alive and ran the country.

Karimov died in 2016 and Mirziyoev became the president after that.

In December 2017 Karimova was sentenced to a 10-year prison term, but several months later, the sentence was reclassified to house arrest and shortened to five years.

In early March, Uzbekistan's Prosecutor-General’s Office said a Tashkent court had found Karimova had violated the terms of her house arrest and ordered her sent to prison.

The Taliban, which has targeted media in the past, said that Afghan news outlets that refuse to stop publishing the ads will be considered "military targets." (file photo)

The Taliban have issued a threat to Afghan media, saying journalists will be targeted unless news outlets stop broadcasting what they describe as government propaganda against the militants.

In a statement released on June 24, the group gave Afghan radio stations, TV channels, publications and others a week to cease airing anti-Taliban announcements paid for by the government.

The ads call on citizens to inform authorities if they see any suspicious Taliban activities.

The Taliban, which has targeted media in the past, said that Afghan news outlets that refuse to stop publishing the ads will be considered "military targets."

Nai, an Afghan media-advocacy organization, condemned the Taliban warning and called on the Afghan government to take stronger measures to ensure the safety of Afghan media.

Nai said nine Taliban-related media incidents have taken place since the beginning of the year, with one journalist killed, and one injured.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan, AP and dpa

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