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07:26, 01 May 2017 Monday
Central Asia

14:20, 01 April 2017 Saturday
Turkmenistan enters potash market with 1 1 bn plant

At full capacity, the plant will be able to produce 1.4 million tonnes of potash (potassium chloride) fertilizers annually, Turkmenistan's state news agency TDH reported.

09:47, 17 March 2017 Friday
Trial of fugitive banker Ablyazov begins in Kazakhstan

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture advised France against the extradition, citing a serious risk of torture.

10:04, 15 March 2017 Wednesday
China launches all-out-offensive against Uyghur minority

China's Communist Party has hardered its rhetoric on Islam with repeated "warnings" that they will "Sinicise" the country's ethnic and religious minorities

09:28, 27 February 2017 Monday
Protests as Kyrgyz opposition leader arrested

Tekebayev's arrest sparked protests around the Central Asian country, as his supporters blasted the accusations against him as "a fabrication".

09:24, 24 February 2017 Friday
Chemical plant blast caused quot casualties quot says Uzbekistan

The chemical factory produces fertilisers and other chemical products. 

09:49, 20 February 2017 Monday
Debt-ridden Mongolia agrees 5 5 bn IMF bailout

The loan is subject to approval by the IMF's executive board, which is expected to consider it in March.  

09:37, 13 February 2017 Monday
Turkmen president wins new term with nearly 98 of vote

Central Electoral Commission chief Gulmyrat Myradov did not even mention the shares of the vote gained Sunday by the other candidates. 

16:35, 11 February 2017 Saturday
Syria rebels govt invited to talks next week Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has invited the Syrian rebels to attend the peace talks next week in Astana

08:32, 10 February 2017 Friday
Turkmenistan prepares for predictable presidential poll

Berdymukhamedov took the helm of the Central Asian state over a decade ago after the death of its repressive first president, Saparmurat Niyazov, who had styled himself as "father of the Turkmen people."

10:52, 06 February 2017 Monday
Experts meet in Kazakhstan to discuss Syria cease-fire

Representatives from Turkey, Russia, Iran, UN, Jordan attend meeting in Astana

14:15, 05 February 2017 Sunday
Iran welcomes US wrestling team after travel ban halted

"Following the court ruling suspending #MuslimBan...US Wrestlers' visa will be granted," tweeted Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

12:26, 05 February 2017 Sunday
14 killed in Pakistan avalanches

Disaster struck the village of Shershal in Chitral district, with four women and four children among the dead.

09:05, 05 February 2017 Sunday
Afghanistan welcomes UN lifting sanctions on Hekmatyar

Top aide of former Mujahedeen leader says he would appear in public in a month’s time

14:02, 04 February 2017 Saturday
Ex-premier to run in Kyrgyzstan presidential vote

Sariyev is the first political heavyweight to officially announce his candidacy for the vote in the former Soviet republic which aims to find a replacement for Almazbek Atambayev, whose six-year term expires in December.

12:24, 01 February 2017 Wednesday
Azerbaijan says 4 terror suspects killed in shootout

One suspect also arrested for planning attacks in Azerbaijan, state security service says

16:55, 22 January 2017 Sunday
Azerbaijan downs Armenian drone

Two countries remain in dispute over occupied Karabakh

14:13, 17 January 2017 Tuesday
Kyrgyzstan recovers bodies from plane crash site

- ACT Airlines cargo flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Bishkek crashed on Monday

08:46, 16 January 2017 Monday
Cargo plane crash destroys Kyrgyzstan houses 32 dead

Around 43 houses were damaged by the crash, according to the emergency services ministry, which said that the accident sparked fires that spread, but have now been localised.



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