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Central Asia

Kazakhstan strongman leader re-elected with 97.7% amid record voter turnout
Almost 98 percent of Kazakhstan's voters backed the incumbent leader Nursultan Nazarbayev in a snap presidential election, preliminary results of the Kazakh Central Election Commission say.

26.04.2015 13:22

​One million forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan in 2014
The Uzbek government has forced over one million people into cotton picking during the 2014 harvest, according to a damning report released by a German-based rights group.

13.04.2015 20:01

Islamic State threat to Russia is real – FSB
A senior security official has said that the threat coming from the so called Islamic State [also known as ISIS, or ISIL] was absolutely real for Russia and its neighbors.

10.04.2015 15:09

Russia to give Tajikistan multi-billion military aid to fight ISIS
Russia is ready to supply about $1.2 billion worth of weapons and military equipment to the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan, which is currently threatened by invasion from the Islamic State, a leading Russian business daily reported.

03.04.2015 09:45

Sleepy Hollow reborn: Kazakhstan villagers report new cases of mysterious disorder
New cases of the inexplicable disorder, dubbed “Sleepy Hollow,” have appeared in Kalachi, the village in Kazakhstan where every tenth villager, including children, has mysteriously fallen asleep in broad daylight, some unable to wake up for days on end.

02.03.2015 08:37

Go West, Young Han
November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history.

17.12.2014 09:00

Sleepy Hollow in Kazakhstan: Villagers suffer from unknown brain-affecting disease
Every tenth villager of Kazakhstan's Kalachi has unexpectedly fallen asleep in broad daylight – some unable to wake up for several days. Despite numerous attempts to find the cause of the inexplicable disorder, the Sleepy Hollow riddle remains unsolved.

14.12.2014 21:27

Nationalists want Defense Ministry to create Russia’s own ‘Foreign Legion’
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker is proposing creating military units manned exclusively by foreigners to counter the threat from radical groups such as Islamic State in Central Asia.

10.11.2014 09:36

The TAPI project or the future of Afghanistan
The term the "New Great Game", as a shorthand for the energy rivalry sweeping across Central Asia in the post-Soviet era has been in use for many years. In this respect, the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India gas pipeline (TAPI) appears pivotal.

05.11.2014 12:39

Stinking rich: Kazakhstan to offer tourists luxury caviar baths
Long known as a premium hors d'oeuvre, Caviar has been enjoyed by the rich and famous for generations. For lovers of the delicacy, an upmarket spa in Kazakhstan plans to offer discerning tourists an even more delectable experience: caviar spas.

23.10.2014 11:07

Shocking NASA pics show Aral Sea basin now completely dry
Once the fourth-biggest lake in the world, the eastern basin of the Aral Sea in central Asia is now completely dry. It is the result of a Soviet-era project to divert rivers for agriculture and a lack of rainfall at its source.

29.09.2014 19:51

Welcome to Hell! Turkmenistan eyes turning infernal gas pit into tourist attraction
An ominous gas crater that has been burning in a Turkmen desert for more than 40 years is a perfect site for boosting tourism in the country, local officials and academics say. The man-made pit, known as “the Door to Hell,” earlier faced backfill.

21.06.2014 14:48