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Turkmenistan starts building new automobile bridge across Garabogaz Bay

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ASHGABAT — On August 8, Turkmenistan President Serdar Berdymukhammedov took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an important transport infrastructure facility — a new two-lane automobile bridge across the Garabogaz Kol Bay along the highway connecting the Caspian port city of Turkmenbashi, Garabogaz and the border with Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan State News Agency (TDH) reported.

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TBC Bank Uzbekistan attracts $35.1 million of additional capital

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TASHKENT — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and TBC Bank Group PLC invested additional capital in TBC Bank Uzbekistan (TBC UZ) totaling US $35.1 million. TBC Bank Uzbekistan is a subsidiary of TBC Bank Group PLC, the holding company of the leading banking group in Georgia, TBC Bank JSC. TBC Bank Group PLC is registered in England and Wales, and its shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange, the EBRD said on August 8.

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Afghanistan Defense Ministry asks Tajikistan, Uzbekistan to return helicopters

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KABUL — The Ministry of Defense of the Taliban-led Afghan government once again asked Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to return the helicopters of the previous administration that were taken following the fall of the republic in Afghanistan in August 2021, Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews reported.

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Turkmenistan: Dogcatchers assigned to kill 'seven stray dogs a day'

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TURKMENABAT, Turkmenistan — Dog catchers in Turkmenabat have been assigned to catch and kill at least seven stray dogs every day, locals say, as authorities in Turkmenistan’s second-biggest city continue a brutal campaign of animal cruelty, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reported.

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First deputy foreign minister of Kazakhstan visits US

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NUR-SULTAN — First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Akan Rakhmetullin paid a working visit to Washington, D.C. on August 5. The parties discussed vital issues of the bilateral and international agenda, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said.

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Peace Corps volunteers sworn-in to serve in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK — A new group of 10 Peace Corps volunteers were sworn in on August 4 in Bishkek. Over the next two years, the volunteers will be co-teaching English with local teachers in secondary schools across Chuy, Naryn, Issyk-Kul and Talas regions of Kyrgyzstan, the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said.

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Tajikistan: Religious cleric in restive region gets five years on extremism charges

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KHORUGH, Tajikistan — A noted religious cleric in Tajikistan's restive Gorno-Badakhshan Region (GBAO) has been sentenced to five years in prison on extremism charges that his relatives call "wrong and unjust," RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

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Afghanistan-India flights resume, flights to China to begin soon

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KABUL — The Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said that once-a-week flights from Kabul to Delhi on Fridays have begun, and flights to Urumqi, China will begin in two weeks, Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews reported.

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EU-ITC Ready4Trade project helps Kyrgyzstan businesses reach $1.9 million in online sales

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BISHKEK — The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) European Union-funded Ready4Trade Central Asia project celebrated interim results of its e-commerce component with a certification event for its participating small businesses, the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

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Kazakhstan expands cooperation with GCC countries

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NUR-SULTAN — Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi on August 5 met with Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.

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Another Tajik man goes missing in Moscow, relatives fear abduction by Tajik authorities

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DUSHANBE — Another native of Tajikistan's restive Gorno-Badakhshan Region (GBAO) has reportedly gone missing in Moscow and may have forcibly been taken to Tajikistan where he could face illegal incarceration and an arbitrary trial, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

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With funding from Japan, WFP invests in sustainable business in rural Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK — The United Nations World Food Programe (WFP), with funding from the Government of Japan, established a mini-processing workshop to produce high-value essential oils and dried herbs in At-Bashy district in Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn province.

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Afghanistan: Former US diplomats urge UN to reimpose travel ban on Taliban leaders

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KABUL — A group of former U.S. ambassadors has called on the United Nations to reimpose travel restrictions on Taliban leaders in response to the radical group increasingly reverting to its practices from the years when it first ruled Afghanistan, RFE/RL reported.

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United World Colleges celebrates its first graduates from Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT — The National Committee of United World Colleges (UWC) in Uzbekistan on August 3 announced that the first group of Uzbek students have completed their International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program at some of the world's leading colleges.

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Visit to Central Asian countries boosts stability, cooperation, Chinese FM says

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BISHKEK — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 2 had an interview with media after concluding his visit to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Kazakh court sentences couple that called for North Kazakhstan to join Russia

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NUR-SULTAN — A court in Kazakhstan has sentenced a couple to five years in prison each for calls that North Kazakhstan become part of Russia, RFE/RL reported.

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US House of Representatives speaker visits Taiwan amid strong opposition from China

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TAIPEI — United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday night said her visit to Taiwan seeks to honor "America's unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan's vibrant democracy," Focus Taiwan reported.

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First trilateral meeting of Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Türkiye held in Tashkent

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TASHKENT — On August 2, the First Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade/Economy and Transport of Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Türkiye was held in Tashkent.

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Twitter, VKontakte, WeChat social media networks unblocked in Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT — Authorities in Uzbekistan have allowed access to social media platforms Twitter, VKontakte, and WeChat more than a year after they were blocked in the Central Asian nation, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported.

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Tajikistan president meets with Chinese FM to boost cooperation

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DUSHANBE — Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Dushanbe on August 1 to seek closer cooperation in various areas between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Kyrgyzstan, India seek to increase trade via Chabahar port

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BISHKEK — On July 31, in Mumbai, the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to India, Asein Isaev, took part in an event called "Chabahar Day-2022", dedicated to the development of regional transport routes to access international maritime communications within the framework of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) project, the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported.

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Two Russian citizens of Tajik origin forcibly taken from Moscow to Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE — Relatives of two Tajik activists who have resided in Russia for years and are Russian citizens say they were forcibly taken to Tajikistan, where they may face illegal incarceration and arbitrary trials amid an ongoing crackdown on activists from the remote Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO), RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

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US drone strike in Afghanistan kills Al-Qaeda leader

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KABUL — U.S. President Joe Biden says Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists, was killed over the weekend in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, RFE/RL reported.

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Pope Francis to visit Kazakhstan in September, expected to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

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NUR-SULTAN — Pope Francis will visit Kazakhstan in September to attend an event regularly organized by the Central Asian nation's authorities that will also be attended by the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, RFE/RL reported.

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