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Oct 30, 2015

Russia-U.S. rivalry spreads to ex-Soviet central Asia

ALMATY/VIENNA (Reuters) – After Ukraine and Syria, the ex-Soviet republics of central Asia could become the latest venue for geo-political rivalry between Moscow and Washington, driven by Kremlin worries about Islamists and U.S. suspicion about Russia’s true intentions.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to tour all five states in central Asia, in a signal the United States wants to maintain its influence, even though it is drawing down its troop presence in nearby Afghanistan.

Oct 4, 2015

Kyrgyzstan set for closer ties with Russia after polls

BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan’s Moscow-leaning parties appeared certain on Sunday of being able to form a new coalition to draw the hard-up nation further into Moscow’s orbit after an election overshadowed by ethnic tensions and the threat of Islamist violence.

With more than 99 percent of votes counted, the pro-Russian Social Democratic Party led with 27 percent of votes, with the opposition Respublika-Ata Zhurt second on 20 percent, election authorities said.

Oct 4, 2015

Pro-Russian parties seen winning Kyrgyz parliamentary poll

BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyz voters are expected to hand pro-Russian parties a fresh five-year mandate in a parliamentary election on Sunday that is overshadowed by ethnic tensions and rising Islamist radicalism in the impoverished former Soviet republic.

The mainly Muslim nation of six million has moved closer to Russia and away from the West in recent years. Under a deadline set by parliament, the United States last year shut down an airbase in Kyrgzystan that had served U.S. operations in Afghanistan since 2001.

Sep 30, 2015

Three own goals as Astana and Galatasaray draw 2-2

ASTANA (Reuters) – Resilient Astana scored their first Champions League goals — both by opponents putting through their own net — and collected their first point in a 2-2 draw with Galatasaray in a match that featured three own goals in the last 13 minutes on Wednesday.

Galatasaray midfielder Bilal Kisa marked his first appearance in a European competition match when he opened the scoring in the 31st minute of their Group C match, sending the ball into the bottom right-hand corner with a spinning left-footed shot from more than 30 metres out.

Sep 30, 2015

Soccer-Three own goals as Astana and Galatasaray draw 2-2

ASTANA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Resilient Astana scored their first Champions League goals — both by opponents putting through their own net — and collected their first point in a 2-2 draw with Galatasaray in a match that featured three own goals in the last 13 minutes on Wednesday.

Galatasaray midfielder Bilal Kisa marked his first appearance in a European competition match when he opened the scoring in the 31st minute of their Group C match, sending the ball into the bottom right-hand corner with a spinning left-footed shot from more than 30 metres out.

Sep 16, 2015

Tajikistan says its has killed renegade ex-minister

ALMATY (Reuters) – Security forces in Tajikistan said on Wednesday they had tracked down and killed the country’s former deputy defence minister who had been charged with high treason after dozens of people were killed in gun battles earlier this month.

The killing of General Abdukhalim Nazarzoda, a member of the country’s government until as recently as Sept. 4, risks stoking fresh tension in the unstable ex-Soviet state where tensions between the government and Islamist politicians are on the rise.

Sep 7, 2015

Tajikistan hunts renegade minister after clashes stir instability

MOSCOW/ALMATY (Reuters) – Tajikistan said it had arrested 14 members of a criminal group loyal to the country’s sacked deputy defense minister in a special operation on Monday, following bloody gun battles that have stoked fears of religious-related unrest.

A poor Muslim nation of 8 million in Central Asia, Tajikistan remains volatile after a 1992-97 civil war that killed tens of thousands of people. Tensions between its secular, pro-Moscow government and the Islamist opposition are on the rise.

Sep 5, 2015

Tajik police say close in on renegade general after clashes

MOSCOW/ALMATY (Reuters) – Police in Tajikistan said on Saturday they had closed in on a sacked deputy defense minister accused of leading gun attacks around the capital Dushanbe, amid rising tension between the pro-Moscow secular government and Islamist opposition.

Nine police officers and 13 rebels were killed in Friday’s clashes in Dushanbe and the nearby city of Vahdat, police said.

Aug 21, 2015

Banned from street protest, Kazakhstanis joke and grumble over tenge’s fall

ALMATY, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Kazakhstanis took to social media
on Friday to mock and grumble as vendors hiked their prices
after veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev let the tenge currency
join a global wave of devaluations.

The tenge rate tumbled by 26.2 percent on Thursday to 255.26
per dollar as the central bank and government decided to let it
float freely, seeking to support an economy hit by low world
prices for its oil and metals exports.

Aug 20, 2015

Kazakhstan joins currency war as tenge plummets after float

ALMATY, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The tenge lost more than a
quarter of its value on Thursday as Kazakhstan fired the latest
salvo in an emerging market currency war, ditching a trading
band stretched to breaking point by sharp falls in crude and
commodities prices.

Prime Minister Karim Masimov said floating the tenge would
recover ground that oil-dependent Kazakhstan has lost to
declines in the currencies of some of its major trading partners
and rivals.