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Russia, Uzbekistan hail $11 bn nuclear plant project during Putin visit

Tashkent - Russia and Uzbekistan on Friday hailed the construction of an $11 billion nuclear power plant that should help solve an energy deficit in the Central Asian country while binding it tighter to Moscow politically.

Putin looks for reset with first visit to new Uzbek leader

Tashkent - Russian President Vladimir Putin starts his first state visit to Uzbekistan under new leadership on Thursday as the Kremlin attempts to recalibrate a once thorny relationship with billions of dollars in business deals.

Uzbekistan gives French visa-free entry ahead of presidential visit

Tashkent - French nationals will be the first in the European Union to gain visa-free entry to Uzbekistan ahead of key talks between both countries' leaders in Paris, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

Uzbeks attend first electronic music fest by ravaged Aral Sea

Muynak - Beats pumped and strobe lights beamed across the desert in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan into the early hours of Saturday as festival-goers danced beside rusting boats beached miles from the shrinking Aral Sea.

The Uzbek entrepreneur tapping paper's age-old power

Chilanzar - The passage of time seems to have slowed down at Zarif Mukhtarov's paper mill in a village not far from ex-Soviet Uzbekistan's silk road city, Samarkand.

Tourism boom to test Uzbekistan's thaw

Samarkand - Coiffed, cheerful and multilingual, identical twins Fatima and Zukhra Rakhmatova do not immediately resemble agents of ex-Soviet Uzbekistan's long-feared security apparatus.

High-level talks on Afghanistan to open in Uzbekistan

Tashkent - Uzbekistan threw open its doors Tuesday for a multilateral meeting on Afghanistan aiming to lay the ground for direct talks between Kabul and the Taliban.

Activist freed in Uzbekistan after 12 years in prison

Tashkent - Uzbekistan has released an activist who was jailed for nearly 12 years after a bloody crackdown on protesters in the east of the country, rights groups said on Saturday.

Uzbekistan takes a broader view on tourist photographs

Tashkent - Uzbek authorities are to ease strict rules that bar visitors from taking photos or videos in parts of the country's picturesque capital, in a new bid to encourage tourism.

Uzbekistan's feared national security chief replaced: media

Tashkent - Uzbekistan's notorious national security chief Rustam Inoyatov has been replaced as the Uzbek leader seeks to consolidate his hold over the Central Asian country.

Uzbek leader seeks overhaul of powerful security service

Tashkent - Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev called on Friday for a law to overhaul the country's feared National Security Service, in a move pointing to a simmering power struggle in the Central Asian country.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

Strongman Uzbek leader Karimov buried

Samarkand - Uzbekistan laid strongman Islam Karimov to rest Saturday amid tight security, after his death triggered the deepest period of uncertainty in the country's post-Soviet history with no clear successor in view.

No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan

Termiz - Some days there is no train at all crossing the bridge to Uzbekistan, yawns a customs officer in Hairatan, formerly a teeming Silk Road border town whose decline is a barometer of economic depression in Afghanistan's north.

Notorious Uzbek leader welcomes Kerry to Silk Road citadel

Samarkand - US Secretary of State John Kerry brought his Central Asia diplomatic caravan to the Silk Road citadel of Samarkand on Sunday, where he was welcomed by a notorious strongman.

Uzbekistan dominates Azkals 5-1 in FIFA World Cup qualifiers

The visiting Uzbekistan football team gave the Philippine Azkals a beating in their own backyard with a dominant 5-1 victory in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers Tuesday at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Azkals in crucial game against Uzbekistan on Sept. 8

The national football team of the Philippines is set to face Uzbekistan on Sept. 8 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan for its third straight win in the ongoing World Cup Finals qualifiers.

Azkals targets third win in qualifying round of World Cup Finals

The Philippine national football team Azkals is gearing up for its third straight win in the qualifying round of the World Cup finals against Uzbekistan on Sept. 8 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan, Philippines.

Uzbek strongman re-elected in landslide, OSCE dubious

Tashkent - Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov cruised to a new five-year term Monday after facing a minimal challenge, prompting withering criticism from Western observers.

Uzbekistan president set for win in predictable poll

Tashkent - Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov looked certain to claim victory in presidential polls Sunday after all three of the 77-year-old's challengers endorsed his bid to extend his 25-year-rule.
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