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  • EU to fund Tajik rural development

    2014-10-22

    LUXEMBOURG – The EU will give Tajikistan €251m (1.3 billion TJS) in 2014−2020 to aid the country's development, the EU said in an October 20 statement summarising a Luxembourg meeting between EU and Tajik officials that day. The largest part of the commitment (€110m [699.6m TJS]) is earmarked for rural development. The officials discussed co-operation in economics, energy an...

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  • Top Tajik lawmaker urges migrant workers to resist extremism's call

    2014-10-22

    DUSHANBE – The speaker of the Tajik parliament's upper chamber October 20 urged Tajik migrant workers not to fall for extremist recruiting pitches, CA-News.org reported October 22, quoting Shavkat Saidov, assistant to the speaker. "[Makhmadsaid] Ubaidulloyev called on Tajik migrant workers not to give in to extremist recruiting appeals, which are aimed at destroying peace and stabil...

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  • Tourism to Uzbekistan keeps growing

    2014-10-22

    TASHKENT – Uzbekistan has reported growth in the number of foreign tourists, according to state-owned Uzbekturizm. In 2013, 2.1m tourists visited, compared to 1.9m in 2012, the company reported. Tourism companies earned US $615m (1.5 trillion UZS) in 2013 in a market that's growing 15-17% annually, Kamila Baysangurova, an Uzbekturizm spokeswoman, said. The country's tourism ...

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  • Kyrgyz detain suspected drug trafficker

    2014-10-22

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyz police October 20 detained a suspected drug trafficker on the Bishkek-Osh highway, the Interior Ministry (MVD) said in an October 21 statement. Police stopped the car near Kakhraman village, Kara-Suu District, Osh Oblast, which Osh resident K. A., born in 1970, was driving. A search of the car turned up two packages holding 817.5g of hashish total. The hashis...

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  • Turkmens weave 2 giant carpets

    2014-10-22

    SERDAR, Turkmenistan – Turkmen weavers at the Serdar carpet factory in Balkan Oblast recently produced two carpets measuring 270 and 332 sq. metres, the Neitralny Turkmenistan newspaper reported. One carpet adorned the Rukhyyet Palace in Turkmenabad during an October 20 session of the country's Council of Elders. The second has gone to a major building in Ashgabat that authorities h...

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  • Afghan forces kill 37 militants

    2014-10-22

    KABUL – Afghan security forces during the past 24 hours killed 37 Taliban militants, wounded six and arrested 10 others during operations carried out in Kandahar, Ghazni, Khost and Nangarhar provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said October 22.

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  • Kabul blast kills 4 Afghan troops

    2014-10-22

    KABUL – A remote-controlled bomb in Kabul October 21 killed at least four Afghan soldiers and wounded 12 other people, including three civilians, media reported. Militants detonated a roadside bomb in the Aqa Ali Shams area of Kabul's seventh district as an army vehicle was passing by, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The Taliban claimed responsibility, TOLO News reported.

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  • 3 Helmand policemen killed by guest

    2014-10-22

    LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan – Three policemen in Marjah District, Helmand Province, October 21 reportedly were killed by their own guest, the Afghanistan Times reported. The attacker, whom police killed when they returned fire, was a guest of the check-post's police commander, officials told media.

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  • Afghanistan to prosecute 5 ex-ministers on corruption charges

    2014-10-22

    KABUL – The Afghan government will prosecute five former ministers in connection with charges of corruption and misuse of power, the Attorney General Office (AGO) said October 21. The cases of former transportation ministers Hamidullah Qaderi and Enayatullah Qasemi, former trade and commerce minister Amin Farhang, former mines minister Mohammad Sediq and former economy minister Jalil S...

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  • Operation Zarb-e-Azb air strikes kill 28 militants

    2014-10-22

    ISLAMABAD – Pakistani jets killed at least 28 suspected militants in North Waziristan Agency as part of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said October 21. Authorities carried out the air strikes in the Dattakhel area, killing a number of foreign fighters, ISPR said.

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  • TTP fires spokesman Shahidullah Shahid

    2014-10-22

    ISLAMABAD – The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) October 21 sacked its spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. Several days ago, Shahid along with five other TTP commanders in an audio message announced his allegiance to the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). The TTP announced Shahid's removal on its website, reiterating its support fo...

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  • Bajaur militants attack anti-polio team, injure 3

    2014-10-22

    BAJAUR AGENCY, Pakistan – A remote-controlled roadside bomb in Bajaur Agency October 22 wounded three people including two Levies Force officers responsible for guarding polio vaccinators, media reported. Unidentified militants detonated a device that was planted near a security vehicle in the Dabur area, Mohmand Tehsil, officials said.

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