Regional news round-up for October 17, 2008

Regional news round-up—October 17, 2008 - Central Asia News Afghanistan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Turkmenistan-Sports Business and Entertainment

Central Asia Online Correspondent


ASHGABAT—Central Asian foreign ministers meet to discuss regional security: The deputy foreign ministers of the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan met in Ashgabat on Oct. 16 to discuss threats and challenges to regional security. The meeting was hosted by the U.N. Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia. The foreign ministers also discussed regional cooperation on issues of the economy, border control, food, energy, and stabilising Afghanistan. [ASIA-Plus]

TASHKENT—Marach/Kubot force Bopanna/Raja out of Tashkent Challenger: Indian tennis pair Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja bowed out of the Tashkent Challenger on Oct. 17 after their loss to top-seeds Oliver Marach and Lukasz Kubot 6-7 (4-7), 3-6. Marah and Kubot will advance to play Michail Elgin and Alexandre Kudryavtsev of Russia. [Hindustan Times]

ISLAMABAD—Arrested Marriot bombing trio back in police custody: The three suspects linked to the early October bombing of the Marriot hotel in Islamabad that killed almost 60 people were taken back into police custody for further interrogation by an anti-terrorism court. Dr. Usman, Rana Ilyas and Hameed Afzal are suspected of aiding the suicide bomber who carried out the attack for which extremist group Fidayen-e-Islam claims responsibility. [Hindustan Times]

BISHKEK—New rail sections to open up Central Asia: Construction on nine new railway sections will begin this year for a line linking Xinjiang province to Moscow. The line will run from China through Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to Russia. Estimated to cost $86 billion [USD], the line will help increase trade across the region. [Telegraph]

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