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Turkmenistan stages first opera after 19-year ban

Ashgabat - Reclusive Turkmenistan staged its first foreign opera on Tuesday, nearly 19 years after the Central Asian country's founding president banned the art form as "incompatible with Turkmen mentality".

Turkmen leader blames corruption for economy woes, sacks minister

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's authoritarian leader has sacked his long-serving interior minister and blamed corruption for slowing the gas-rich Central Asian nation's economy, state media reported Wednesday.

Turkmen leader quells death rumours with return to TV screens

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's all-powerful leader returned to state television on Wednesday, dispelling an online rumour that he had died.

Taliban kill 25 Afghan elite commandos in clash

Abdul Malakazi, governor of the Badghis province in Afghanistan claims that 25 members of the country's elite commando units have been killed in clashes with the Taliban.

Turkmenistan enters brave new world of eSports

Ashgabat - Reclusive, gas-rich Turkmenistan is dipping its toe into the world of eSports having got a taste for gaming at a showcase sporting event it held last year.

Turkmenistan seeks South Asian markets after power plant boost

Ashkhabad - Gas-rich Turkmenistan on Saturday hailed the expansion of a Soviet-era power plant that it hopes will become a hub for electricity exports to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Grey is the new black: Turkmen autocrat ditches the dye

Ashgabat - The ruler of ex-Soviet Turkmenistan has ditched his signature black hair dye -- a move that will be closely analysed in a nation famed for its leadership personality cults.

Turkmen leader's son wins foreign ministry post after huge vote win

Ashgabat - The son of Turkmenistan's leader has been appointed deputy foreign minister, state media reported Saturday, just days after he scored a huge victory in a parliamentary election.

Huge parliamentary win sets up Turkmen leader's son for bigger role

Ashgabat - The son of Turkmenistan's authoritarian leader scored a huge victory in tightly controlled parliamentary elections, state media reported Friday, in a result that could indicate a path towards hereditary succession in the gas-rich former Soviet state.

Turkmenistan parliamentary vote spotlights president's son

Ashgabat - Voting concluded in Turkmenistan's parliamentary election Sunday, the central election commission said, in a ballot that could indicate a path towards hereditary succession in the gas-rich former Soviet state.

Turkmenistan bans sex, 'bad habits' from TV

Ashgabat - Tightly controlled Turkmenistan has banned broadcasters from showing sex and encouraging "bad habits" in a law designed to create a "positive image" of the Central Asian country on the air.

Turkmenistan currency crisis seen causing cola shortage

Ashgabat - Fans of Coca-Cola in gas-rich Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat are complaining they can no longer "taste the feeling": their favourite drink has disappeared from shop shelves amidst a sharpening economic crisis.

Chop and change? Turkmenistan stages Asian martial arts

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's image-conscious strongman Gurbanguly Berymukhamedov on Sunday kicked off a 10-day regional sporting event the isolated country is hosting despite a slew of economic and rights concerns.

Horse-mad Turkmenistan claims to break strange world record

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan claimed Tuesday that the Central Asian country had broken a niche world record by building the world's "largest horse head sculpture" ahead of a sporting event it is preparing to host.

Turkmenistan bans alcohol ahead of flagship sporting event

Ashgabat - Reclusive Turkmenistan has banned sales of alcohol until October to ensure "public order" ahead of a key sporting event the country is hosting next month, an official in the trade ministry told AFP Saturday.

UN chief warns Central Asian states on rights

Ashgabat - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Tuesday urged ex-Soviet Central Asian states to observe human rights in the fight against extremism as he completed a tour of the Muslim-majority region.

On first visit abroad, Uzbek leader unveils statue of predecessor

- Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Tuesday unveiled a statue of his feared predecessor during his first official trip abroad to neighbouring Turkmenistan.

Magnanimous Turkmen strongman promotes vote rival

Ashgabat - In a generous gesture following an electoral victory in which he scooped 97 percent of the vote, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has promoted his closest electoral rival, state media reported Tuesday.

Turkmenistan leader sworn in after almost uncontested electoral win

Ashgabat - Isolated Turkmenistan's strongman Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was sworn in Friday in a grand ceremony after securing over 97 percent of an almost uncontested vote at the weekend.

Turkmen president wins new 7-year term with nearly 98% of vote

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's reigning strongman Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov bagged a new seven-year term with nearly 98 percent of a weakly contested vote, electoral officials said Monday, following a preliminary count.
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