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Spain's economy will grow again in 2014: Rajoy

Qala i Naw (Afghanistan), Dec 24 (IANS/EFE) Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said here during an unannounced trip to Afghanistan that Spain's economy will improve next year and start growing again in 2014.

Key Taliban commander detained in northern Afghanistan

Kunduz (Afghanistan), Oct 20 (IANS) Afghan and NATO-led troops captured a Taliban key commander named Mullah Abdul Rahman from Kunduz province during special operations early Saturday, police said.

20 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan hotel

Kabul, June 22 (IANS) At least 20 people, including five militants, were killed as Afghan security forces successfully ended a 12-hour siege at a hotel outside Kabul by the Taliban, BBC reported Friday.

Taliban militants attack hotel near Kabul

Kabul, June 22 (IANS) Taliban militants have taken some people including women and children hostage by attacking a hotel near Kabul, triggering a gun battle with Afghan security forces, BBC reported Friday.

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Azerbaijan News

Azerbaijani wrestling coach is world's best

Baku, Nov 17 (IANS) Senior coach of the Azerbaijani national freestyle wrestling team Firdovsi Umudov was announced the best in the world at the seminar of the freestyle wrestling trainers association of International Wrestling Federation (FILA) in Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

Negi wins, moves up to joint 2nd at Baku Open chess

Baku, Sep 29 (IANS) Parimarjan Negi finally found his winning ways by grabbing a win over Tomike Sanikidze in the seventh round and moved up to joint second at the International chess Festival Baku Open 2012.

Negi lies third in Baku Open chess

Baku (Azerbaijan), Sep 26 (IANS) Parimarjan Negi stayed in tied third place, half a point behind twin leaders Baris Esen of Turkey and Eltaj Safarli of Azerbaijan at the end of the fourth round of the International Chess Festival Baku Open here.

Negi third after third round in Baku Open chess

Baku, Sep 25 (IANS) Parimarjan Negi was tied third at the end of the third round of the International Chess Festival Baku Open here.

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Kazakhstan News

Kazakh plane crash kills all 21 aboard

Astana, Jan 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) All 21 people on board a Kazakh plane were killed Tuesday when the aircraft crashed near Kazakhstan's largest city of Almaty, the prosecutor general's office said.

Kazakhstan gets $1.8 bn Chinese loan for gas pipeline

Almaty, Dec 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) China's state-owned China Development Bank (CDB) will provide a $1.8 billion loan to finance a gas pipeline project in Kazakhstan, the KazTransGas company said Thursday.

Kazakhstan bans opposition TV channel

Astana, Dec 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Kazakh court has closed the opposition TV channel K-Plus and blocked its online resources, the International Foundation for the Protection of Freedom of Speech Adil Soz said.

Kazakhstan to start defence training for all

Astana, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kazakhstan will introduce universal military training for all adult citizens, according to a government decree published Thursday.

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Kyrgyzstan News

Kyrgyz ex-president gets 24-year jail term

Bishkek, Feb 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A military court in Kyrgyzstan Tuesday sentenced ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in absentia to 24 years in high security prison over office abuse while being in power.

Kyrgyzstan okays Russian military base

Bishkek, Dec 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a law ratifying an agreement with Russia on the presence of a joint military base in the Central Asian republic, the presidential press service said.

India, Pakistan hope to become SCO members

Bishkek, Dec 5 (IANS) India and Pakistan Wednesday expressed their willingness to become members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Ex-Kyrgyz president's son arrested in London

Bishkek, Oct 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Former Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev's son has been arrested in London following accusations of grave crimes, the Kyrgyz presidential press service has reported.

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Tajikistan News

Afghan held with 65 kg drugs in Tajikistan

Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Jan 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) An Afghan national has been held in Tajikistan carrying over 65 kg of drugs in four bags, according to the Tajikistan government.

Six tonnes of drugs seized in Tajikistan in 2012

Dushanbe, Jan 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Around six tonnes of drugs were seized in Tajikistan in 2012, a spokeswoman for the country's drug control agency said Monday.

130 websites blocked in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Dec 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Over 130 websites have been blocked in Tajikistan in connection with "technical repair work", the country's telecom agency said.

Tajik, Afghan police bust international drug ring

Dushanbe, Dec 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Tajik and Afghan drug police have shut down a large international drug trafficking channel, seizing 420 kg of narcotics and detaining 13 traffickers, the Tajik Drug Control Agency said.

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Turkmenistan News

UAE, Turkmenistan hold talks

Ashgabat, Feb 17 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkmenistan Saturday held discussions over enhancing bilateral relations in the fields of investment and partnerships.

India signs gas supply pact with Turkmenistan

Awaza (Turkmenistan), May 23 (IANS) India Wednesday signed a gas sales and purchase agreement (GSPA) with Turkmenistan for the $7.6-billion Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project.

Turkmenistan president fires minister over poor parenting

Ashgabat, April 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti)Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has fired the country's energy and industry minister at a general ministerial meeting over poor parenting skills, Turkmen television reported.

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Uzbekistan News

Uzbek bankers arrested over foreign currency deals

Tashkent, Feb 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The heads of several Uzbekistan banks have been detained for making illegal foreign currency transactions, police said Thursday.

Uzbekistan bans foreign currency trading

Tashkent, Feb 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Uzbekistan has made trading with foreign currency a criminal offence, the latest in a string of measures aimed at preventing the global market slump from eating into the Central Asian republic's reserves.

Indian challenge ends at Tashkent

Tashkent, Oct 9 (IANS) The Indian challenge came to an end as Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan and Sanam Singh fell in the first round of the $125,000 Tashkent ATP Challenger being played at the Olympic Tennis School here Tuesday.

Weintraub upsets Beck, Sela survives in Tashkent

Tashkent, Oct 11 (IANS) Israel's third seeded Dudi Sela and unseeded Amir Weintraub made the singles quarterfinals of the $125000 Tashkent ATP Challenger in contrasting styles here Thursday.

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