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Uzbekistan comics test new limits on free speech

Tashkent - When comic Erkin Choliyev apologised for mocking the police, in a video posted by Uzbekistan's interior ministry, his loyal fans feared the worst.

Coronavirus 'second wave' batters ex-Soviet Central Asia

Bichkek - At a call centre functioning as a coronavirus hotline in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, the volunteers manning the telephones are under siege.

China accuses Pompeo of 'slander' over Xinjiang comments

Tashkent - China's embassy in Uzbekistan accused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of slander on Tuesday after he raised the plight of Muslims in the Xinjiang region during a visit to Central Asia.

Pompeo pushes against China, Russia in visit to 'Stans'

Tashkent - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Uzbekistan on Sunday for the final stop of a five-country tour in which he is manoeuvring to undercut Chinese and Russian influence.

Pompeo condemns China's Xinjiang crackdown during Central Asia tour

Astana - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on countries to offer asylum to ethnic minorities fleeing China's troubled Xinjiang region during a visit Sunday to oil-rich Kazakhstan -- a country that borders the region.

Eleven dead in fire in Siberian workers' shack

Moscow - Eleven people including 10 from Uzbekistan died when a fire ripped through a wooden shack in a remote Siberian village on Tuesday, in the latest tragedy involving migrant workers in Russia.

International monitors slam 'lack of real contest' in Uzbek polls

Tashkent - All five pro-government parties competing in Uzbekistan's first elections under President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took seats in the country's parliament, preliminary results showed Monday, with international monitors criticising the "lack of real contest.

Uzbeks vote in polls under pro-reform leader

Tashkent - Uzbekistan voted Sunday in the first parliamentary election since a new leader ushered in an era of reform after years of isolation and authoritarian rule.

Uzbekistan holds first legislative polls under pro-reform leader

Tashkent - Uzbekistan votes Sunday in the former Soviet republic's first parliamentary elections since a new leader ushered in an era of reform after years of isolation and stagnation, yet voters' choices remain highly restricted.

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.
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