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Turkmen president's birthday celebrations reinforce personality cult

Ashgabat - Citizens of gas-rich Turkmenistan marked strongman President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov's 58th birthday in the national capital Ashgabat Monday by attending the opening of an ostentatious park named in his honour.

UN chief wraps Central Asia visit, citing rights fears

Ashgabat - United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon on Saturday warned of a worsening rights situation across Central Asia, as he ended a visit to energy-rich Central Asia in ex-Soviet Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan unveils gold statue of president

Ashgabat - The isolated Central Asian state of Turkmenistan on Monday unveiled a massive gold statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov riding a horse in a move that echoes his predecessor's cult of personality.

Turkmenistan pardons over 1,200 prisoners

Ashgabat - The gas-rich former Soviet state of Turkmenistan has pardoned more than 1,200 prisoners in an amnesty, state media reported Saturday, quoting strongman President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

Turkmenistan hopes 'Door to Hell' will boost tourism

- Locals call it the Door to Hell, a giant burning pit that has spit out angry flames for more than 40 years, casting a yellow-orange glow into the evening sky.

Philippine Azkals beat Turkmenistan 2-0 in AFC Challenge Cup

The Philippine Azkals earned a semi-final slot in the on-going AFC Challenge Cup tournament in Maldives after beating the highly-rated Turkmenistan National Football Team in Male, Maldives Saturday night.

Azkals need only a draw to advance in AFC Challenge Cup

The Philippine Azkals need only to draw against Turkmenistan to advance in the semi- finals of the ongoing AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives.

Soviet scientists open the 'Door to Hell'

Fed by one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world, the Darvaza gas crater in the Karakum Desert of central Turkmenistan is fittingly called "The Door to Hell" by locals. Aptly named, flames and the pungent odor of sulfur permeate the area.

China plans 13,000 km railway linking Beijing and United States

Beijing - China says it’s already in talks to build a high-speed railway that would connect the Chinese capital Beijing with continental United States.

Turkmenistan drops state honours named for late leader's mother

Ashgabat - Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has scrapped a state award named after the mother of the late president in the latest reform to his predecessor's bizarre rule, Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported Tuesday.The isolated energy-rich Centra...

Jennifer Lopez regrets entertaining Turkmenistan ruler

Popular American entertainer Jennifer Lopez has apologized for entertaining Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and for singing happy birthday to the 56-year-old leader in a party held at flashy Avaza resort Saturday.

Turkmenistan president falls off horse

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov narrowly escaped injuries after falling from a horse during a national horse racing event Sunday.

Philippine Azkals beat Turkmenistan 1-0, tops qualifying match

The Philippine Azkals earned another impressive victory over the visiting Turkmenistan football team, scoring 1-0 in the final game of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers Group E at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila Tuesday night

Philippine Azkals face formidable Turkmenistan Tuesday night

Fresh from their impressive victory over the Cambodian Angkor Warriors Sunday night at the rain-soaked Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, the Philippine Azkals are all set to collide with Turkmenistan Tuesday night in Manila

Philippine Azkals trash Cambodia Angkor Warriors, 8-0

Despite heavy downpour that flooded the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium Sunday evening, the Philippine Azkals demolished the visiting Cambodian national football team, scoring 8-0 to break Turkmenistan’s earlier 7-0 win over the Angkor Warriors

US supports governments in 4 of 7 least free nations

Washington - The United States provides economic, military and diplomatic support to four of the seven least free nations on earth, according to a Digital Journal analysis of this year's Freedom House freedom rankings.

Philippine Azkals seek finals slot in AFC Challenge Cup

The highly-charged Philippine Azkals will shoot for a slot in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup as they face highly-rated Turkmenistan Friday at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu

Philippine Azkals beat India and Tajikistan in AFC Challenge Cup

Fresh from their victory over the Indian Blue Tigers Sunday, the Philippine Azkals staged another upset victory as they prevailed over former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup Champion Tajikistan Tuesday in Nepal with a 2-1 score

Former Soviet state of Turkmenistan to form own space agency

Ashgabat - The President of the former Soviet state of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, announced that the country is looking to form its own space agency. The presidential decree did not say who would head the agency.

Op-Ed: The Silk Track — China decides to build a new Silk Road to Europe

Beijing - China was doing major infrastructure projects when Europe was basically at hut stage. The Great Wall, the Grand Canal and other works are hallmarks of Chinese engineering. Now, the Silk Track- Rail and road freight to Europe.
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