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On March 15, the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the speaker of Turkmenistan's parliament gathered in Astana for the first Central Asian summit since 1999. It was a ... From Columbia University in New York City, Alex Cooley, the director of the Harriman Institute, took part.
The Caspian region's Kazakhstan is teaming up with a neighboring Central Asian country, Tajikistan, to fight against what is a perceived common threat in the region, namely religious extremism. During the official visit of Tajikistani President Emomali Rahmon to Astana on March 14, Kazakhstan's Ministry ...

An independent think tank says China's military is ramping up its security presence in Tajikistan with troop deployments amid fears that militants based in nearby Afghanistan could strike at western China. The International Crisis Group said in a report Wednesday that China has deployed soldiers and built ...
The political goings-on in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, usually don't attract attention in Ghafurov, a small, bustling town in northern Tajikistan. One notable exception, however, are the deals signed during the landmark visit to Dushanbe by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev last week. “If they deliver what ...
On March 9-10, 2018, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid a state visit to the Republic of Tajikistan, said a message from Uzbek embassy in Baku. During the fruitful talks held in an open, friendly ...
In the boldest signal of bilateral amity to date, Uzbekistan's president announced during a seminal visit to Tajikistan on March 9 that he intends to support the major hydropower project that has been a source of tension between the two nations. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev told his Tajik counterpart ...

Sherova, a former state worker in the southern Tajik town of Kulob, says the turning point in her life came after her only son -- a migrant worker in Russia -- went to Syria ... Apart from occasional visits from her two daughters, who had married and moved to other towns, Sherova had little contact with others.
This has been the result of the loss of familial ties by those who moved from villages into the rapidly growing cities as well as the communication ... The rise of Salafists and Wahhabists in major Tajikistani cities and among Tajik diasporas in Russian cities like Moscow have long been a concern for officials ...
Sadurdinov is among a growing number of Tajik political refugees to find Poland an unwelcoming haven. He arrived in September 2017 through a border crossing near the Belarusian city of Brest. That crossing presents a natural approach point for Tajiks making their way across Russia and Belarus toward ...
A bumpy 90-minute drive later, we were nearing our destination, and began to recognize the small Afghan villages that lay across the Panj River. ... This was one of many special moments from my two recent trips to Central Asia, where I photographed scenes of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan's stunning natural ...
One was west of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, near the town of Tursunzoda. Another was around two hours south of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, and entered Tajikistan's northern Sughd region. There are now crossing points up and down the border, linking sections of the shared Ferghana Valley and areas ... Uzbekistan
They left Tajikistan as a family of six, but only one would live to tell the tale of how they lived -- and most of them died -- in Iraq after joining the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. "Ten-year-old Maryam is the only surviving member of my son's family," Muhammadrahim Shoev, a farmer from a village located ... Uzbekistan
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during Mirziyoyev's state visit to Tajikistan. ... Residents of Tajik towns and villages near the border are already gleefully reporting the result of cheaper Uzbek imports arriving since several border crossings reopened earlier in the ... Uzbekistan
“We at Voices4 utilised this historical protest format to demand the governments of Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan immediately stop the genocide.” An anonymous queer asylee from Uzbekistan had a statement read out at the kiss-in, according to Dazed. Uzbekistan
The digital techniques that smart-city fans adore are flimsy and flashy—and some are even actively pernicious—but they absolutely will be used in cities. They already have an urban heritage. When you bury fiber-optic under the curbs around the town, then you get internet. When you have towers and ... Uzbekistan
But a joint investigation by RFE/RL's Uzbek and Tajik services and Swedish news agency TT found that Akilov was in direct contact with alleged Islamic State (IS) militants from Tajikistan before, during, and after the Stockholm attack. Tajik Interior Minister Ramazon Rahimzoda told RFE/RL that Swedish ... Uzbekistan
A sign above the entrance to the local highways department office in the Pamirs town of Murghab carries the slogan: “Roads Draw Hearts Closer.” In this distant and isolated corner of Tajikistan, the words have a cruel edge. .... The Tajik military still uses the shooting range, but only around twice a year. Uzbekistan

3.5 magnitude earthquake in the epicenter was registered last night on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, Kabar with reference to the Institute of Seismology of the ... focal point was located on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, 12 km south-west of the village of Bor-Debe, 130 km southeast of the city of Osh. Uzbekistan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reiterated its calls on Tajik authorities to release prominent journalist Hairullo Mirsaidov, after his pretrial detention was extended by another two months. “Bad news from #Tajikistan: Pre-trial detention of independent journalist #KhayrulloMirsaidov is extended by another ... Uzbekistan
The man charged with carrying out the deadly truck attack in Stockholm in April 2017 was in contact with alleged Islamic State (IS) militants from Tajikistan, a joint investigation by RFE/RL and a Swedish news agency has found. The investigation by RFE/RL's Uzbek and Tajik services and Swedish news ... Uzbekistan
China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border for the Afghan armed forces. ... in Bazai Gonbad, near the eastern tip of Badakhshan, populated mostly by ethnic Kyrgyz, who said that Chinese soldiers visit the village “two or three times” a month. Uzbekistan
In the last month alone, local authorities closed almost 100 mosques in the northern part of Tajikistan, the latest effort by Dushanbe to control Islam in the ... within and around all mosques in the capitals and major cities and many of the mosques in smaller towns as well (, January 30). Uzbekistan
In central Tajikistan's Rasht Valley the NGOs Mercy Corps and Welthungerhilfe have been providing awareness training on the risks the communities ... to these sessions which are organised for several villages, so when I came back from them I would systematically organise a meeting at the village level to ... Uzbekistan
A Tajik delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Azim Ibrohim has arrived in Tashkent city, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said. The visit program envisages holding of meetings and negotiations with the Uzbek authorities. The talks will be held at a number of ministries and departments and cover topical ... Uzbekistan
DUSHANBE (TCA) — Solid waste management was one of those vital public services that suffered in Khujand, the second largest city in Tajikistan, before the local authorities turned to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which partnered with donors and other financial ... Uzbekistan
Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan to China. ... The 400-kilometer section will carry gas onward from Uzbekistan through an area by the Tajik town of Hisor, wind down to Vahdat, just outside the capital, and then run along a high valley ... Uzbekistan
Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan to China. ... The 400-kilometer section will carry gas onward from Uzbekistan through an area by the Tajik town of Hisor, wind down to Vahdat, just outside the capital, and then run along a high valley ... Uzbekistan
Tajikistan's Barki Tojik OSHC and Japan's Nishizawa Ltd. signed a contract worth about $17.5 million on Jan. 26 in Dushanbe city to improve the city's energy supply, TajikTA news agency reported. The contract will be implemented within the grant project “Improvement of substations in Dushanbe city” ... Uzbekistan
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have agreed to visa-free travel between the two Central Asian countries and other border-crossing measures, according to ... will also provide for the building of new checkpoints along the border and the opening of several bus links to connect the two nations' towns and cities. Uzbekistan
Villagers in a sleepy village in southern Tajikistan are under attack, blasted by insulting poems that are mysteriously cropping up in public places where they are sure to sting. Outraged residents of Khojaghalton say they don't know who the author – or the authors – are, but they are certain that he or she ... Uzbekistan
“[US President Donald] Trump's recognition of Beit-ul-Moqaddas is a stamp of approval to the occupation of a city which, according to UN resolutions, is regarded as 'international' and 'occupied' land,” ICANA quoted former diplomat, Nasrollah Tajik, in a recent talk. He noted that Trump's action itself is an ... Uzbekistan
Tajikistan women-family affairs committee deputy chairperson Asimova Mehbooba, women's rights empowerment department chief Sulfia Kurbanova, Tajikistan woman advocates' organization executive director Sebo Sherifova, Trigger (an organization working for villages) financial progress advisor Mofru ... Uzbekistan
Mirsaidov has covered politics, human rights issues, rights of ethnic minorities, and environmental problems in Tajikistan and Central Asia since 2000. The journalist has contributed to the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, regional news websites Fergana and Asia-Plus, and has also worked as a media ... Uzbekistan
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Tajik authorities to immediately release prominent journalist Hairullo Mirsaidov and drop all charges against him. "In a place where free media and critical voices are nearly non-existent, journalists like Mirsaidov should be recognized for the ... Uzbekistan
Amman, Dec. 9 (Petra) -- President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, on Saturday, visited the Greater Amman Municipality headquarters, where Amman Mayor, Yousef Shawarbeh, handed him the Amman City Golden Key, in recognition of his visit and a reflection of the deep-rooted relationship between the ... Uzbekistan
One of the key areas of intervention of ACTED in Tajikistan is integrated natural resources management with a focus on climate change adaptation. ... issues, methods to decrease the impact of disasters and how to prepare Village Disaster Preparedness Plans based on hazard vulnerability assessments to ... Uzbekistan
Told that Dr Salomov has not been reported as having violated or called for the violation of the human rights of others, and asked why he was imprisoned and what in his actions constituted extremism, Mavjuda Sharifzoda, Chair of Khujand City Court, told Forum 18 on 30 November: "I do not know whether ... Uzbekistan
The second highest road on earth (the highest, by a slender margin, is the Karakoram Highway, in neighbouring China) is a fragile ribbon of dirt and tarmac that starts in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, and ends in the city of Osh, in Kyrgyzstan. It gets there by flirting with the violent Panj River, cuddling up to cliff ... Uzbekistan
Shukria Sharipova, a Tajik widow, suffers from chronic illness and is unable to work to support her family. Without an income or a place to live in the city of Kulob, Sharipova and three of her children have made a home in the only place they could find: an elevator shaft in an unfinished building. (RFE/RL's ... Uzbekistan
Privately, Tajik families are still allowed to celebrate New Year, of course, although there are also restrictions on private celebrations (more on that later) ... a lawbreaking in the village,” said Kholmurod Ibrohimov, an official who took part in the August 26 raid, in Dahana, on the outskirts of the city of Kulob. Uzbekistan
Emomali Rahmon marks 25 years as leader of Tajikistan this month, and the state media are using song, verse and even book-readings to boost his cult of ... Towns try to outdo each other with elaborate welcome ceremonies on the president's visits, and one village went as far as to rebrand its Shahrinav ... Uzbekistan
Given the highly regionalized nature of power dynamics in Tajikistan, this weekend's marriage between a granddaughter of the president and the son of an influential northern family is worthy of note. Sources in the northern city of Khujand told that the marriage took place on November 19 ... Uzbekistan
Igor Sattarov, a spokesman for Tajikistan's state-owned aluminium company Talco said Chinese construction giant Yunnan Construction Engineering Group will build a “joint Tajik-Chinese” factory in the western town of Tursunzoda with an annual production capacity of 500,000 tonnes. The factory is ... Uzbekistan
Iran Opens New Embassy Building in Tajikistan ... While in the Tajik capital, he held separate meetings with FM Aslov and President Emomali Rahmon. Later on Thursday, he left Dushanbe for the Uzbek city of Samarkand, ... Uzbekistan
Naseem said Tajik security forces had been asked about the reason and ... Talibuddin Qaderi, the Provincial Council member, said Tajik forces ... Uzbekistan
With Halloween just around the corner, a swarming blizzard of crows descended on the city of Tursonzoda, Tajikistan, over the weekend, ... Uzbekistan
Tajik Polygamy: 'Secret' Second Wives Confront Risk, But Often It's Too Late ... Polygamous unions in Tajikistan frequently involve relatively affluent men ... wife" from the southern town of Norak made headlines in Tajikistan when she ... President Off-Piste: Bronze Putin Statue Goes Up Outside Urals City ... Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan, Tajikistan interested in developing relations in energy, ... the Turkmen city of Atamurat to the Afghan settlement of Akin was held. Uzbekistan
Saint Petersburg (Russia): A suspected Islamic State recruiter has been arrested in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, officials have said. Uzbekistan
Tajik authorities have secretly reburied the remains of several ... "Aini Park is a park and it shouldn't be turned into a graveyard," Dushanbe city ... Uzbekistan


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