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Jailed daughter of late Uzbek leader says gave state $1.2 bn

Tashkent - The jailed daughter of Uzbekistan's former leader has begged his successor to release her after claiming she gave more than $1.0 billion to the state, while an anti-fraud ruling in her former home of Switzerland deepened her troubles.

Muslims seek voice in changing Uzbekistan

Tashkent - Uzbek student Luiza Muminjonova wanted to work in the country's booming Islamic tourism sphere but last year she was expelled from a university in the capital Tashkent.

Seoul seeks to capitalise on Stalin's Korean deportations

Seoul - South Korean president Moon Jae-in meets ethnic Koreans in Central Asia this week as he looks to capitalise on the enduring legacy of Joseph Stalin's mass deportations more than 80 years ago.

Russia's MTS to pay $850 mn in US graft case as Islam Karimov's daughter charged

New York - US prosecutors Thursday reached an $850 million settlement with Russia's leading telecoms firm over huge bribes paid to the family of Uzbekistan's former president -- and charged the late leader's daughter in related proceedings.

US charges daughter of ex-Uzbek leader in near-$1 bn scheme

New York - The daughter of former Uzbekistan president Islam Karimov was charged Thursday in New York in connection with a decade-long scheme to pay her more than $865 million in bribes, prosecutors said.

Uzbek ex-leader's daughter sent to prison

Tashkent - The daughter of Uzbekistan's late president Islam Karimov has been sent to prison for allegedly violating the terms of her house arrest, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Uzbek Rakhimov's unorthodox rise to world boxing head

Moscow - The International Boxing Association's new chief Gafur Rakhimov says he is committed to cleaning up the sport's troubled governing body, but as far as the International Olympic Committee is concerned he epitomises its downfall.

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.

Taliban delegation visits Uzbekistan to talk peace, security

Kabul - A Taliban delegation travelled to Uzbekistan earlier this month to discuss the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of foreign forces, officials said Sunday, as fighting between insurgents and security forces raged near Kabul.

Sweden jails radicalised Uzbek truck attacker for life

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a radicalised and rejected Uzbek asylum seeker to life in prison for terrorism after he mowed down pedestrians with a stolen truck in central Stockholm last year, killing five people.

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.

Prosecutors seek life term for Stockholm truck attacker

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors on Thursday called for a life sentence for an Uzbek asylum seeker who admitted to mowing down pedestrians in a deadly April 2017 truck attack, as his terrorism trial winds up.

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.

Sweden killer claims truck rampage for IS 'caliphate'

Stockholm - An Uzbek asylum seeker who mowed down shoppers in a truck claimed at his trial Tuesday that he killed them in the service of the Islamic State group -- but his accusers insisted he acted alone.

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.

Turkey court releases 7 suspects in New Year attack trial

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the release of seven suspects in the trial over the deadly New Year attack on an Istanbul nightclub following an initial series of hearings.

Istanbul massacre gunman refuses to testify as trial opens

Silivri - An Uzbek jihadist who confessed to killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub in a New Year gun attack refused to testify Monday on the first day of his trial as his wife denied any links to extremists.

Uzbekistan's links to global terror

Bichkek - A truck driver who mowed through a crowd and killed eight people in an "act of terror" in New York was 29-year-old Uzbek citizen Sayfullo Saipov, according to police sources and reports.

Uzbekistan jails ex-president's daughter Gulnara Karimova

Moscow - Uzbekistan said Friday it has jailed the eldest daughter of late President Islam Karimov, Gulnara Karimova -- once a prominent socialite, fashion designer and singer -- after charging her with massive fraud and money laundering.

Uzbekistan says Stockholm suspect had ties to IS

Bichkek - Uzbekistan said Friday the suspect in last week's deadly Stockholm truck attack had ties to Islamic State jihadists and the West had been warned about him.

Stockholm attack suspect 'tried to join IS in Syria'

Moscow - The Uzbek national suspected of mowing down pedestrians in Stockholm last week had tried to join the ranks of the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, an Uzbek source told Russian agencies.

Uzbekistan link to Stockholm 'terror attack'

Bichkek - Swedish authorities said Saturday that a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, who was known to the national intelligence agency, was the suspected driver of a truck that ploughed into a crowd in Stockholm on Friday, killing four people.

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.
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