The presidential press service in Uzbekistan says President Islam Karimov has met with visiting Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov in Tashkent.
Longtime Uzbek leader Islam Karimov has been conspicuously absent in recent days, fueling rumors that he has suffered a severe heart attack. The speculation has sparked an old debate about who would replace him.
An Uzbek senator is denying reports that President Islam Karimov is having health problems.
The 75-year-old president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, is shown on state television dancing and ringing in the Islamic new year at a Norouz celebration in Tashkent on March 19.
Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Shamil Atakhanov and Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov are leading the negotiations, which began in Tashkent, focusing on the situation of Uzbekistan's Sokh exclave inside Kyrgyz territory.
Independent publications providing uncensored, alternative information from Uzbekistan say their efforts are being hampered by a shortage of money.
Jailed Uzbek writer Mamadali Makhmudov is facing an extension of his prison term after serving a 14-year prison sentence that ended last month.
The Russian Foreign Ministry's special envoy, Anvar Azimov, is downplaying his statement regarding Russia's possible plans to introduce a visa regime for citizens of Central Asian countries by 2015.
Amnesty International says an Uzbek man who disappeared after being released from a Russian prison was abducted and forcibly returned to Uzbekistan to face trial there.
Uzbekistan's reliance on manual labor to power its billion-dollar cotton industry is well-documented. But there is another player in the Uzbek textile industry that is equally demanding -- and it has a voracious appetite.
Russia's Interior Ministry said on March 11 that Uzbek citizen Abdulkhofiz Kholmurodov was arrested on March 1 and is suspected of leading the party's cell in Moscow.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging U.S. State Secretary John Kerry to pressure Uzbekistan over rights abuses.