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  • Kyrgyz catch drug suspect

    2014-04-23

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyz anti-drug police in Chui Oblast April 16 detained a suspect accused of a past drug offence, according to the Interior Ministry. The suspect is accused of attempting to smuggle drugs to prison inmates in Chui Oblast last December, when authorities found 25.6g of heroin and more than 42kg of other drugs outside the prison. Anti-drug police and the Kyrgyz pena...

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  • Kazakhs to speed citizenship for Oralmans

    2014-04-23

    ASTANA –Ethnic Kazakhs immigrating from other countries (called Oralmans) will be able to obtain Kazakhstani citizenship within one year because of changes to Kazakhstani immigration law, Labour and Social Protection Minister Tamara Duisenova said April 22, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Oralmans had to reside in Kazakhstan for at least four years before ...

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  • Kyrgyz to import Tajik electricity

    2014-04-23

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyzstan plans to import Tajik electricity to prevent power shortages this coming winter, a Kyrgyz government official said April 22, according to 24.kg. Kojobek Ryspayev, chairman of the government's Committee on the Fuel and Energy Complex and Resource Use, made the announcement at a session of his committee. Kyrgyzstan presently lacks the reservoir water, natural gas a...

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  • Turkmen theatre festival ends

    2014-04-23

    ASHGABAT – Ashgabat theatres hosted Turkmenistan's II International Theatre Festival April 15-17, Turkmenistan.ru reported. The festival was dedicated to the "Theatrical art of the era of happiness." Sixteen theatrical troupes from 14 countries, including Turkmenistan, performed onstage. The previous Turkmen theatre festival occurred two years ago.

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  • Kyrgyz canal to be built by May 1: Sarpashev

    2014-04-23

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyzstan plans to complete construction of a Jalal-Abad Oblast irrigation canal by May 1, Vice-Prime Minister Tayyrbek Sarpashev said April 22, according to the government press office. Completion of the 7.46km-long Renjit (also called Besh-Batman) canal would increase irrigation for more than 3,000ha of farmland in Jalal-Abad Oblast, according to officials. Sarpas...

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  • Tajik, Kyrgyz clean up border zone irrigation canal

    2014-04-23

    SUGHD OBLAST, Tajikistan – About 3,000 Tajiks and more than 70 Kyrgyz April 21 completed a volunteer workday cleaning up an irrigation canal that their countries share, Nematboi Olimov said, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tajik service. Olimov is chairman of the Chorkukh farm in Isfara District, Sughd Oblast, Tajikistan. The Tajiks and Kyrgyz were following their anc...

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  • IEC delays preliminary election results

    2014-04-23

    KABUL – Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) will delay the presidential election's preliminary results two days and make them public April 26, the IEC said April 22. Instead of full initial results, the IEC will announce a third partial result, the commission's statement said. The delay will help the IEC to compile error-free statistics, it said.

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  • Baghlan forces kill 4 militants

    2014-04-23

    BAGHLAN – Afghan forces in Dahan-e-Ghori District, Baghlan Province killed at least four militants and captured eight others including two senior Taliban commanders during security operations April 22, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. The two Taliban commanders were responsible for major terrorist attacks in the province, the MoI said. Security forces arrested six others wit...

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  • Afghan forces kill 31 militants

    2014-04-23

    MAIMANA, Afghanistan – Security forces regained control of the Shakh bazaar from militants in Qaisar District, Faryab Province April 22, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. The two-week clash killed at least 31 militants and four civilians as well as displacing thousands of residents, police officials said. Security forces pushed the insurgents out of the area, 209th Shahin Military Cor...

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  • Kandahar militants kill 4 policemen

    2014-04-23

    KANDAHAR – Unidentified militants killed at least four Afghan policemen when they attacked a police check-post in Ghorak District, Kandahar Province April 22, the governor's spokesman Dawa Khan Minapal. Three other policemen went missing after the attack, the spokesman said. The check-post is in the Masha Qala area, Minapal said according to Pajhwok Afghan News. It is unclear whet...

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  • MQM joins PPP-led Sindh government

    2014-04-23

    KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) are now working together in the PPP-led Sindh government, Geo News reported. MQM Sindh Assembly members Rauf Siddiqui and Dr. Sagheer Ahmad were sworn in as provincial ministers April 22. Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad administered their oath of office in Karachi. The MQM will receive more posts ...

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  • Chaman blast injures 5

    2014-04-23

    CHAMAN, Pakistan – A blast in the border town of Chaman in Balochistan Province wounded five people April 22, SAMAA reported. Militants allegedly tried to target a Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle by using a bomb attached to a parked motorcycle. The victims were hospitalised. An explosion outside the Chaman deputy commissioner's office a day earlier wounded three people.

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