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US donates over 130,000 books to children’s libraries in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — During the World Book Day celebration in Bishkek on April 21, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney announced a donation of over 130,000 books to 80 children’s libraries across the country. The United States will contribute the books through its USAID Reading Together project, which improves the reading skills of early grade students, the US Embassy in Bishkek said.

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Weekly Digest of Central Asia

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Publisher’s note: Central Asia is an important geopolitical area between Europe, Russia and China. It is in Central Asia that world powers have confronted each other for centuries; it is here that China needs to succeed with its new Silk Road Belt for direct access to the Western markets; and it is here that a large wealth of raw materials has its origin. Every week thousands of news appears all over the world in printed and online media and it is quite understandable that many of them may escape the attention of busy readers. At The Times of Central Asia, we strongly believe that more information can better contribute to peaceful development and better knowledge of the region, and for this reason we are presenting this Weekly Digest of Central Asia which compiles what other media have reported during the past week.

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SCO FMs set agenda for organization’s summit in June in Astana

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ASTANA (TCA) — Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov chaired the regular session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States (SCO CFM) on 21 April in Astana. The meeting was a final preparatory stage for the SCO Summit to take place on June 8-9, 2017 in Astana, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said.

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Food prices on the rise in Turkmenistan as dollar cash withdrawals restricted

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — From the beginning of this year, food prices in Turkmenistan have grown 18% to 50%, the Chronicles of Turkmenistan independent website reports.

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Uzbekistan’s Shurtan gas chemical plant to increase production capacity

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan’s national oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz has presented a new concept of implementation of the investment project on expansion of the production capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Plant, the Jahon information agency reported.

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Kazakhstan and Israel to create joint fund for agricultural projects

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ASTANA (TCA) — Israel’s agricultural company LR GROUP has proposed to create a joint fund in Kazakhstan for implementing various projects, attracting foreign investors, and introducing new technologies to become a major exporter of agricultural products. This was announced during a meeting of Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Agriculture Minister Askar Myrzakhmetov with the leadership of LR GROUP on April 20, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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Kazakhstan president speaks for control of religion, ban of black Muslim clothes

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ASTANA (TCA) — At his meeting with Kazakhstan’s Spiritual Board of the Muslims on April 19, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke about measures to regulate religious relations on the part of the state, the president’s press service reported.

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Beijing to host China's Silk Road summit in May

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on April 18 said that Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing on May 14-15.

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Kazakhstan’s export to Afghanistan growing

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ASTANA (TCA) — A trade mission of Kazakhstan’s companies has visited Afghanistan, resulting in reaching agreements on the export of Kazakh food products and construction materials worth over $11 million to Afghanistan’s market, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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Iran ready to help Kyrgyzstan with hydropower plants construction

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Iran is ready to help Kyrgyzstan with the construction of hydropower plants in the Central Asian country, Iran’s PressTV news agency reports.

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Two would-be terrorists from Central Asia killed in Russia

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Two immigrants from Central Asia, who were related to recruiters of international terrorists and who expressed readiness to commit terrorist acts in Russia, have been killed in Russia’s Vladimir region, east of Moscow, during a detention attempt, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on April 19, Sputnik news agency reported.

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Economic situation in Russia, China to impact Kyrgyzstan economy — IMF

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BISHKEK (TCA) — As domestic and external demand continues to recover, growth in Kyrgyzstan for 2017 is expected to reach 3.5 percent and continue to expand into the medium term, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Edward Gemayel said in a statement after it visited Bishkek from April 5-18.

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Russia’s Gazprombank to fund projects in Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Russia’s Gazprombank and Russian Export Center have signed a framework agreement on joint implementation of investment projects in Uzbekistan’s oil and gas, chemical, mining and metallurgical industries, the Jahon information agency reported.

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Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan sign strategic partnership treaty

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov signed a strategic partnership treaty on April 18 in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, during the first day of a two-day visit by Turkmenistan’s president.

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Uzbekistan to export eggs to Afghanistan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Eco Parranda Company from Uzbekistan’s Kashkadarya region and the Afghan Ixlos Ltd have signed a contract for the supply of more than seven million eggs to Afghanistan in 2017, the Jahon information agency reported.

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Russia-Pakistan cooperation key to Central Asia security, Pakistan deputy FM says

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Cooperation between Russia and Pakistan is important to insure stability and security in Central Asia, Pakistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tasnim Aslam told Sputnik news agency following her visit to Moscow, where on April 14 she participated in the fifth multinational Afghanistan peace conference.

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Central Asia, Caucasus, Iran and China expand cooperation in railway transport

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Expansion of regional cooperation in the railway transport is in the focus of the two-day Economic Cooperation Organization's railway authorities meeting that opened in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 17 with the participation of representatives from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Iran.

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Kyrgyzstan opposition members sentenced to 4-20 years for plotting a coup

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BISHKEK (TCA) — A court in Bishkek on April 17 sentenced several Kyrgyzstan opposition members to prison terms varying from four to 20 years for plotting a coup.

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