Central Asia

Chemical plant blast caused 'casualties', says Uzbekistan
Chemical plant blast caused 'casualties', says Uzbekistan

The chemical factory produces fertilisers and other chemical products. 

Debt-ridden Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout
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.  

Turkmen president wins new term with nearly 98% of vote
Turkmen president wins new term with nearly 98% of vote
Syria rebels, govt invited to talks next week: Kazakhstan
Syria rebels, govt invited to talks next week: Kazakhstan
Turkmenistan prepares for predictable presidential poll
Turkmenistan prepares for predictable presidential poll
Experts meet in Kazakhstan to discuss Syria cease-fire
Experts meet in Kazakhstan to discuss Syria cease-fire

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

Iran welcomes US wrestling team after travel ban halted
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.

14 killed in Pakistan avalanches
14 killed in Pakistan avalanches