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Kyrgyzstan celebrates 23rd Independence Day

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BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan celebrated its 23rd independence day Sunday with a series of commemorative functions across the country. 

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Ukraine Or Russia? Crimeans Set To Vote

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SIMFEROPOL: Crimeans decide on Sunday whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum that has infuriated Kiev and triggered the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

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Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

TRANS ASIA NEWSASHGABAT: Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Saturday hailed his country’s “solid transit potential” as he unveiled an international airport worth over $2 billion in the capital Ashgabat.

17-09-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Over 7,500 observers registered for referendum in Azerbaijan

Over 7,500 observers registered for referendum in Azerbaijan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU:- To date, 161 observers have been registered at Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) to observe the Sept. 26 referendum, said CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov.Panahov made the remarks Aug. 31 at the commission’s meeting.

01-09-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgy…

One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBishkek :- Several people have been killed and wounded in a powerful explosion that rocked the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, Russian media say.

30-08-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU:- Armenia’s armed forces have 13 times violated the ceasefire on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the past 24 hours, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry.

26-08-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan court jails 2 opposition leaders for life

Tajikistan court jails 2 opposition leaders for life

TRANS ASIA NEWSALMATY: Two former leaders of a banned Islamist party were jailed for life in Tajikistan on Thursday on charges of being behind an attempted coup last year, in a case criticised by human rights groups as politically motivated.The Central Asian state, formerly part of the Soviet Union, borders...

02-06-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life

Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life

TRANS ASIA NEWS Dushanbe :- Tajikistan voted overwhelmingly in favor of constitutional amendments that would allow President Emomali Rahmon to remain in power for life, election officials said Monday. A representative of the former Soviet republic’s election commission told Interfax news agency that almost 95% of those who went to the polls...

23-05-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmen president signs pardon decree to 853 people

Turkmen president signs pardon decree to 853 people

TRANS ASIA NEWSTurkmenistan:- President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has signed a decree pardoning 853 people on the occasion of May 18 - Constitution day.The decree was signed at the working meeting, Turkmen government's message said.

18-05-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

TRANS ASI9 NEWS BAKU:- Kyrgyzstan's parliament has approved Sooronbai Jeenbekov for the post of the country's prime minister, Sputnik International reported Apr. 13. Jeenbekov, 50, was educated as a zoological engineer and in the beginning of his career worked as a teacher, livestock specialist, and the director of a communal farm.

14-04-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

TRANS ASIA NEWSAzerbaijan: Clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces killed at least 13 people on Monday in a third day of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, as Turkey fuelled tensions following the worst violence in decades in the disputed territory.

05-04-2016 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmenistan celebrates Independence Day

Turkmenistan celebrates Independence Day

TRANS ASIA NEWSTurkmenistan:- Turkmenistan celebrates the 24th anniversary of its Independence October 27 and 28, and these days have been declared holidays. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov congratulated compatriots on the significant date.

27-10-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

TRANS ASIA NEWS DUBAI:- Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri pledged the group’s allegiance to new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in an audio recording released on militant websites on Thursday.

14-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijani journalist succumbs to wounds from soccer fan at…

Azerbaijani journalist succumbs to wounds from soccer fan attack

TRANS ASIA NEWS Azerbaijan :-An Azerbaijan journalist who criticized a popular football player on social media has died in hospital after being attacked by presumed fans. Rasim Aliyev died of internal bleeding in a hospital in Azerbaijani capital Baku on Sunday after being lured to a meeting by somebody claiming to be...

12-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Mullah Omar’s Family refuses to back New Taliban Supremo

Mullah Omar’s Family refuses to back New Taliban Supremo

TRANS ASIA NEWS ISLAMABAD: Mullah Abdul Manan, brother of deceased Taliban supremo Mullah Omar, on Sunday rejected the election of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief of the orthodox militia and refused to pledge allegiance to him.

04-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Rift widens as Taliban name Omar's successor

Rift widens as Taliban name Omar's successor

TRANS ASIA NEWS Peshawar: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Omar and named his long-time deputy Mullah Akhtar as his successor, sparking off fissures within the movement.

01-08-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Mullah Mansour elected new leader, Mullah Omar’s death confi…

Mullah Mansour elected new leader, Mullah Omar’s death confirmed

TRANS ASIA NEWS KABUL: - Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will be the Taliban's new leader following the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. The news was confirmed in a statement Friday by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

31-07-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Parliamentary Election date set in Kyrgyzstan

Parliamentary Election date set in Kyrgyzstan

TRANS ASIA NEWS  Kyrgyzstan: - Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree to schedule the parliamentary election for Oct.4, the representative of Kyrgyzstan’s presidency told RIA Novosti.

30-07-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan taken to task over sex-selective abortions

Azerbaijan taken to task over sex-selective abortions

TRANS ASIA NEWS BAKU: With the inaugural European Games taking place in the country's capital, Baku, increasing pressure is on Azerbaijan to address human rights and social issues including selective abortions. Azerbaijan has one of the highest selective abortion rates in the world, according to government figures, with many Azeri women...

22-06-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan extends scribe's detention

Azerbaijan extends scribe's detention

TRANS ASIA NEWS BAKU/ AZERBAIJAN: Baku has extended the detention of an award-winning investigative journalist ahead of the start of the European Games next month. A court in Baku ruled that Khadija Ismayilova’s pretrial detention period will be extended for three months.The move is widely viewed as an act of retribution...

20-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Kabul blast leaves 6 dead, scores hurt

Kabul blast leaves 6 dead, scores hurt

TRANS ASIA NEWS KABUL: A powerful explosion ripped through the parking lot of Afghanistan's justice ministry on Tuesday, 19 May, as employees were leaving work, killing at least six people and injuring more than 40 others. There were conflicting reports about the nature of the blast. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said,...

20-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Turkmenistan grants amnesty to 1200 prisoners

Turkmenistan grants amnesty to 1200 prisoners

TRANS ASIA NEWSASHGABAT/ TURKMENISTAN: Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree granting amnesty to convicted people which provides for the release of over 1,200 citizens from prison. State media quoted President Berdymukhammedov as saying that the amnesty, was in keeping with the country's practice of regularly freeing prisoners who had...

17-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Afghan soldier receives rare hand transplants in India

Afghan soldier receives rare hand transplants in India

TRANS ASIA NEWS THIRUVANANTHAPURM: Abdul Rahim, a 30-year-old Afghan military captain from Kandahar who lost both his hands in a de-mining operation has found a reason to smile again, three years on. In a pioneering surgery, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Kochi, Kerala, south India has...

17-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Azerbaijan & Turkey begin military exercise

Azerbaijan & Turkey begin military exercise

TRANS ASIA NEWSBAKU/ AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence announced that its troops had begun joint military drills with Turkey. The joint drill would continue until May 16 and were being held within the framework of a military cooperation agreement between the two nations, it said. The joint drill will be...

13-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Thousands of saiga antelope found dead in Kazakhstan

Thousands of saiga antelope found dead in Kazakhstan

TRANS ASIA NEWSASTANA/ KAZAKHSTAN: Scientists have been left confounded after nearly 1,000 rare antelope were found dead in Kazakhstan - marking the species' third mass death in just two years. The Kazakh Agriculture Ministry says local forest inspectors found the animals' remains in the Amangeldy district of the Qostanai region...

12-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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Tajikistan debates ban on Islamic names

Tajikistan debates ban on Islamic names

TRANS ASIA NEWSDUSHANBE/ TAJIKISTAN: The Central Asian nation of Tajikistan is debating a possible ban on Arabic and Muslim names as part of a crackdown on Islam, media reports say. Tajikistan may ban Muslim-sounding names amid a growing fear of Islamic radicalisation in the former Soviet republic. President Emomali Rahmon...

08-05-2015 CENTRAL ASIA & CAUCASUS

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