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Turkmen Representatives of municipal administrations to become familiar with European Initiative for Sustainable Energy

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ASHGABAT (TCA) —Ashgabat hosted first national meeting designed to familiarize representatives of municipal administrations of the country with European initiative Covenant of Mayors - path to sustainable energy development at municipal level, reported Turkmenistan.ru.

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Uzbekistan backs US law banning financial support for construction of large dams

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TASHKENT (TCA) – On 30 January, Uzbek government Pravda Vostoka newspaper published report backing the US law which bans monetary support for the construction of dams and large hydro-energy facilities. 

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EBRD supports food retail chain in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the expansion of the small retail food chain, NASH, in Kyrgyzstan with a US $840,000 loan, which will partially finance the purchase of additional premises, trade and warehouse equipment and the construction of new facilities. The loan has been made under a joint EBRD-EU program for small business support, the EBRD said.

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Kazakhstan will promote its interests in the most remote parts of the world — FM

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ASTANA (TCA) — In line with its new foreign policy concept for 2014-2020, Kazakhstan is going to continue expanding its presence and promoting its interests in the most remote countries and regions, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov wrote in his article “Contours of Kazakhstan diplomacy until 2020”, published today in the Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper.

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Two people arrested while exchanging 9,000 fake US dollars in Kabul

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KABUL (TCA) — At least two people were arrested by Afghan security forces while exchanging 9000 fake US dollars in one of the private banks in capital Kabul, Khaama Press reports.

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Ex-commander of Canadian forces jailed in Afghanistan

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KABUL (TCA) — A disgraced former head of Canadian forces in Afghanistan has been reportedly jailed in the capital Kabul over his firm’s license to operate as a private security company in the war-torn country, Press TV reports.

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Afghan officials give Obama speech mixed reviews

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KABUL (TCA) — Politicians and peace negotiators from Afghanistan gave mixed reactions to parts of U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address dealing with the future of U.S. troops in the country, VOA News reported.

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Afghanistan cannot keep delaying decision on US troops — Hagel

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WASHINGTON (TCA) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Afghanistan cannot keep deferring a decision on whether to sign a security pact with the United States allowing some U.S. troops to stay beyond 2014, according to VOA News.

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Uzbek President urges top officials to develop children's sports in the country

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TASHKENT (TCA) - On 29 January, state TV's Ozbekiston channel aired a special programme dedicated to an annual meeting of the council of sponsors of Uzbekistan's foundation for developing children's sports, which was held a day earlier. The first deputy prime minister, Rustam Azimov, deputy prime ministers, Elmira Bositxonova and Adham Ikromov, briefed the president on what was done in the country to improve sports in 2013, TV said.

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Subsidiary of China’s CNPC modernizing Shymkent oil refinery in Kazakhstan

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ALMATY (TCA) — Yesterday in Almaty, PetroKazakhstan Oil Products LLP (Shymkent oil refinery, owned on a parity basis by Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunayGas and China’s CNPC) and Chinese company CPECC (China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation, a subsidiary of CNPC) signed a contract for the detailed engineering, procurement of equipment and materials, and implementation of construction and installation work (EPC contract) for the Shymkent Refinery Modernization Project, KazMunayGas said.

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ADB considers the possibility of direct investment in Tajikistan’s private sector

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DUSHANBE (TCA) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is considering investing directly in the private sector of Tajikistan through loans, equity, and guarantee facilities, a source at ADB’s Tajikistan resident Mission (TJRM) said.

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Sughd electricity debts exceed 260 million somoni

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DUSHANBE (TCA) - Sughd electricity debts have reached 260,300 somoni, Abduvali Rasoulov, the head of Barqi Tojik’s office in Sughd, told journalists in Khujand on January 30.

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Tajik central bank joins Thomson Reuters’ global high-speed network

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DUSHANBE (TCA) – The National Bank of Tajikistan (NBT) has joined a global high-speed network of Thomson Reuters Corp.

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SCO consultations outcomes review

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MOSCOW (TCA) - The participants in consultations of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) member states, SCO observer countries and other sides interested in ensuring regional security, have stressed the importance of the provision of assistance to Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the international forces from the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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Kyrgyzstan can vanish in five years if internal policies are not changed

  • Written by Vasilina Brazhko

BISHKEK (TCA) –It is quite hard to find political scientist or expert who could with all responsibility explain what is going on in Kyrgyzstan. One is quite clear that if Kyrgyzstan doesn't change its internal economic policy, then in five year this country will stop existing.

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Astana to host high-level ADB meeting

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ASTANA (TCA) —Astana will host the 47th high-level annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on May 2-5, Kazakh Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning said on Jan.29.

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Russia detains French fraudster at Uzbekistan's request

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MOSCOW (TCA) - Russia has detained a Frenchman at a Moscow airport at the request of the Uzbek authorities, a spokesman for the French embassy in Moscow told AFP.

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Kazakh Parliament ratifies Agreement with Vietnam

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ASTANA (TCA) —The Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the plenary session has adopted the Law "On ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on promotion and mutual protection of investments''.

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Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan holds meeting with OSCE Ambassador

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ASHGABAT (TCA) —Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan held a meeting with Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, Ambassador Ivo Petrov, and the Ministry's press service reported on January 29.

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Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister talks to business community

  • Written by Lidia Savina

BISHKEK (TCA) — The Government is ready to support any initiative of the business community to improve the investment climate in the country, Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev said at a meeting with the business community on January 27 in Bishkek.

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OSCE and Turkish police to boost anti-terrorism capacity of Kyrgyzstan security agencies

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BISHKEK (TCA) — A letter of intent to cooperate in organizing anti-terrorism training courses for Kyrgyzstan’s state government bodies was signed yesterday between the OSCE Centre in Bishkek, Turkish National Police, and the Anti-terrorism Centre under the State Committee of National Security (SCNS) of Kyrgyzstan.

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Afghanistan deploys its first satellite into orbit by February

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KABUL (TCA) — Officials in the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology of Afghanistan (MCIT) announced Wednesday that the first satellite of Afghanistan will be deployed into orbit within the next one month, Khaama Press reported.

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Afghan leader reacts to Obama speech

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KABUL (TCA) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's new remarks about Washington's commitment to Afghanistan's future, RFE/RL reports.

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Russian gasoline may flood Kazakhstan market, again

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ASTANA (TCA) — Cheap Russian gasoline may once again flood Kazakhstan’s market, Shukhrat Danbai, general director of Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar oil refinery, warned the governor of the Pavlodar Region, Tengrinews.kz reported.

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Afghan men speak up about domestic violence

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KABUL (TCA) — Sabur has moved out of his marital home on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif. It was the only way to escape the domestic abuse he suffered at the hands of his wife, RFE/RL reports.

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