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  • Tajik doctor possibly kidnapped in Yemen

    2014-10-31

    MARIB, Yemen – A Tajik female doctor has been missing in central Yemen since October 29, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported October 30. She might have been kidnapped, local media reported. Gulruhsor Rofiyeva works for the Zdraveksport Co. It's possible that tribesmen took her to a remote location so she could treat someone they know, a Rofiyeva co-worker, Anvar Shamsid...

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  • Afghanistan to supply crude oil to Tajikistan

    2014-10-31

    DUSHANBE – Afghanistan in the near future will export crude oil to Tajikistan, a Tajik government source said, according to an October 30 Avesta.tj report. A foreign company that has invested in building a Tajik oil refinery in the Dangara Free Economic Zone has signed an agreement for its partner in Afghanistan to supply crude oil to that future refinery, the Tajik State Committee f...

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  • World Bank to lend $400m to Uzbek agriculture

    2014-10-31

    TASHKENT – The World Bank (WB) and Uzbek government October 29 signed an agreement under which the WB will lend more than US $400m (953.6 billion UZS) to Uzbekistan for irrigation and other agricultural projects, RIA Novosti reported October 30, quoting a source at the WB office in Uzbekistan. A loan of US $261m (622.2 billion UZS) will finance modernisation of the drainage system i...

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  • Kazakh dog handlers study bomb detection

    2014-10-31

    ALMATY – Thirteen canine unit officers serving various Kazakhstani security agencies October 31 completed a three-week-long advanced course on how to use their dogs in security operations, the OSCE said in a statement. The course focused on detecting bombs. The officers work for the Customs Control Committee, National Security Committee, State Protection Service, Border Guard Servic...

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  • Kyrgyz open new border check-point facing Uzbekistan

    2014-10-31

    BATKEN OBLAST, Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz border forces October 30 formally opened a new border check-post facing Uzbekistan, the State Border Service (GPS) press office said in a statement. The Tayan check-point is situated in Batken Oblast. Tayan cost 8m KGS (US $139,498) to build, the GPS said. The check-point building is modern and contains every amenity that border troops could need, ...

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  • Turkmen martial artists win 42 medals in Istanbul

    2014-10-31

    ISTANBUL – Turkmen martial artists competing at the October 24-28 World Martial Arts Festival in Istanbul won 42 medals, including 27 gold, Turkmenistan-Sport TV reported October 29. The Turkmens excelled in several martial arts, including belt wrestling, kick-boxing, Thai boxing and others. The Turkmen team considers its successes a gift to the nation for Independence Day, Turkmeni...

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  • Turkmenistan ready to sell electricity to Kyrgyzstan

    2014-10-31

    ASHGABAT – Turkmenistan says it is interested in selling electricity to power-short Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Valery Dil, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and the Turkmen deputy prime ministers met October 28 to discuss such prospects, according to Radio Ashgabat. Kyrgyz reservoirs this year accumulated 25% less water than usual, raising the spectre...

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  • Khyber air strikes kill 20 militants

    2014-10-31

    PESHAWAR – Security forces October 30 killed at least 20 more militants as part of an on-going operation in Khyber Agency, Dawn reported. Fighter jets targeted and destroyed several militant hideouts in Akakhel, Tirah and other areas, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

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  • Karachi imambargah grenade attack injures 2

    2014-10-31

    KARACHI – A grenade attack on a Karachi imambargah October 30 injured at least two people, Geo News reported. An unidentified assailant hurled a hand grenade outside an imambargah in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area, police said. The attacker escaped and the injured were hospitalised, police added.

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  • FC vehicle almost bombed in Quetta

    2014-10-31

    QUETTA – A Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle in the Hazar Ganji area of Quetta October 30 narrowly escaped a roadside bomb, media reported. The militants tried to target the vehicle with a remote-controlled device on Raisani Road but detonated it too late, police said. Police arrested two suspects, Dawn reported.

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  • Afghan forces kill 42 Taliban

    2014-10-31

    KABUL – Afghan security forces during the past 24 hours killed at least 42 Taliban militants, arrested 10 and wounded 51 others during operations carried out in Badakhshan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Ghazni, Paktia, Ghor and Faryab provinces, the Ministry of Interior said October 31.

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  • Kabul police crack down on illegal sales of military equipment, uniforms

    2014-10-31

    KABUL – Kabul shopkeepers will need to hand over all military equipment and uniforms by November 2, Khaama Press reported October 30. Criminals and militants frequently use the equipment and uniforms to carry out nefarious acts. Police will launch an operation against the illegal trade and those found selling the equipment and uniforms after the deadline will be arrested and ...

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  • New provincial council members to take oath next week

    2014-10-31

    KABUL – Newly elected Afghan provincial council (PC) members will have their swearing-in ceremonies next week, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said October 30. The Independent Election Commission recently announced the results of April elections after a delay of six months. The members-elect will devote all their energies and resources to establishing p...

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