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Stockholm truck attacker wanted to avenge 'caliphate's' dead

Stockholm - An Uzbek asylum seeker who killed five people last year in a Stockholm truck attack testified Tuesday that he wanted to pressure Sweden's government to end its support of a coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

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.

Uzbekistan pardons 40,000 in mass amnesty

Moscow - Ex-Soviet Uzbekistan has granted a mass amnesty to almost 40,000 convicted prisoners and detainees awaiting trial, the country's Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Uzbek interim leader scores landslide election win

Bichkek - Uzbekistan's interim leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev has won a crushing presidential election victory to succeed the late strongman Islam Karimov,official results showed Monday. The Central Election Commission said Mirziyoyev scooped 88.

Uzbekistan votes for second ever president

Bichkek - Uzbekistan voted Sunday to choose a successor to late strongman Islam Karimov, with long-serving premier Shavkat Mirziyoyev expected to score a comfortable victory against weak opponents.

Uzbekistan's longest-serving political prisoner freed: family friend

Bichkek - A Uzbek politician jailed over 20 years ago on embezzlement charges that supporters say stemmed from his opposition to the late strongman Islam Karimov has been freed, a family friend told AFP on Thursday.

Moscow nanny admits beheading disabled child

Moscow - A Moscow nanny on Monday pleaded guilty to murdering the four-year-old disabled child in her charge after brandishing the child's severed head on the street.

Uzbekistan interim leader rules out military alliances

Almaty - Ex-Soviet Uzbekistan's new interim president Shavkat Mirziyoyev has ruled out military alliances, the government said Friday, following the same course as the late veteran strongman Islam Karimov.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: Uzbekistan's chosen one?

Almaty - As ex-Soviet Uzbekistan waits anxiously for a presidential vote following the death of Islam Karimov, one man has a clear lead in the race to succeed the long-reigning autocrat.

Uzbekistan appoints PM Mirziyoyev as interim president

Almaty - Uzbekistan's parliament approved Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev as acting president on Thursday, a government website reported, in the clearest sign yet he could take over long term after the death of veteran strongman Islam Karimov.

Putin lays flowers at Uzbek strongman's grave

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday laid roses at the grave of late Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, whose death last week after 27 years in charge sparked fears of instability in the Central Asian nation.

Five to watch in Uzbekistan succession

Moscow - Central Asian Uzbekistan has been plunged into its greatest moment of uncertainty since the end of the Soviet Union by the death of veteran leader Islam Karimov, who dominated the country for 27 years.

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.

Islam Karimov: Ex-Soviet strongman who dominated Uzbekistan

Moscow - Lambasted for brutally crushing dissent, Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov kept a stranglehold on power for over 25 years -- even at the expense of his own daughter.

Uzbek strongman leader Islam Karimov dies

Moscow - Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov died Friday, the government announced, ending over a quarter of a century of his iron-fisted rule in the Central Asian nation, with no clear successor in place.

Turkey PM says Uzbek leader dead but no official confirmation

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday said Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation for more than two decades, had died but there was no confirmation from Uzbek authorities."Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died.

Uzbek leader in 'critical' condition as death claims mount

Moscow - Uzbek President Islam Karimov was in critical condition after a stroke, authorities said Friday, as claims mounted that he had already died with no clear successor lined up.

Stricken Uzbek leader's daughter hints at 'recovery'

Moscow - The daughter of Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov, who has suffered a brain haemorrhage, on Wednesday said public support was helping her father's recovery, as rumours swirl over his condition.

Uzbekistan mired in uncertainty with veteran leader ill

Moscow - Ex-Soviet nation Uzbekistan has plunged into unchartered territory after strongman leader Islam Karimov, who has dominated the country for over 25 years, was rushed into intensive care with a brain haemorrhage.

Islam Karimov: Ex-Soviet strongman who dominates Uzbekistan

Moscow - Long lambasted for brutally crushing dissent, Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has kept a stranglehold on power for over 25 years -- even at the expense of his own daughter.
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