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Regional news round-up—October 16, 2008

Regional news round-up—October 16, 2008 - Central Asia News Afghanistan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Turkmenistan-Sports Business and Entertainment

Central Asia Online Correspondent


BAKU—Aliyev wins re-election in a landslide victory: Azerbaijan president Iliam Aliyev won re-election on Oct. 15, according to reports. Exit polls show that Aliyev won 80.5 percent of the vote; a landslide victory for the incumbent president. [RIA Novosti]

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan and India talk peace: President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India met to deepen mutual relations between the two states, Inter Press Service reports. Zardari declared that Pakistan would work to prevent terrorists from attacking India from Pakistan. Zardari and Singh both agreed that “the forces that have tried to derail the peace process [between India and Pakistan] must be defeated.”

KABUL—National Seed Secretariat inaugurated on World Food Day in Afghanistan: The National Seed Secretariat Building and the Perennial Horticulture Development Centre at Badam Bagh were inaugurated on World Food Day, Oct. 16 in Afghanistan, according to reports. The Secretariat will have a high-level board to oversee the management of the national seed programme. [ReliefWeb]

TASHKENT—Uzbekistan and Japan draw in World Cup qualifying match: Uzbekistan took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute of their Asian World Cup qualifying football match against Japan, only to see Japanese forward Keiji Tamada score the goal that brought the game to a disappointing draw, ninemsn reports. Japan’s coach Takeshi Okada called the Uzbek team “aggressive” as the team solidly defended their goal from the opposing team.

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