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Uzbek President Islam Karimov is being urged by Uzbek and Tajik businesspeople to resolve the problems blocking rail traffic along the Tajik-Uzbek border.
The whereabouts of a Tajik citizen detained by the Uzbek military last month remains unknown.
An up-close-and-personal look at the human rights situation in Uzbekistan and the tale of torture inflicted on a 15-year-old newlywed Afghan girl.
A senior Tajik railways official says Dushanbe has retaliated against the huge tariff increases imposed by Uzbekistan on rail freight bound for Tajikistan.
The longtime governor of Uzbekistan's Bukhara region has been sacked at a special session of the regional legislature.
In early December a young Uzbek woman was reported to have committed suicide following a days-long police interrogation. That story, it now turns out, was a hoax.
Football's international governing body, FIFA, has decided to take away the 2012 Women's Under-20 World Cup from host Uzbekistan because of "logistical and technical issues."
The head of the UN's World Food Program (WFP) office in Tajikistan says Uzbekistan's decision to block rail traffic to Tajikistan threatens to create severe food shortages.
Human Rights Watch has leveled sharp criticism at Uzbekistan over its rights record and chided Western governments for turning a blind eye to such abuses in an effort to foster closer ties with the administration of President Islam Karimov.
The world marks the 20th anniversary of the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union after nearly 70 years.
Kyrgyz border officials say Uzbek border guards are refusing to release a Kyrgyz citizen detained on December 4 despite a pledge to Kyrgyz authorities to do so.