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China’s Tajikistan military base eclipses India’s Central Asian ambitions

A recent investigation revealed that Chinese troops are stationed on Tajikistan’s southeastern border, 30 kilometres from Pakistan-administered Kashmir across Afghanistan’s Wakhan corridor. India has unsuccessfully sought to establish its own military base in Tajikistan for over 15 years. The discov


Tajikistan: Release Gravely Ill Activist

(Almaty) – The Tajik government should immediately and unconditionally release a seriously ill political activist who says he has been tortured, nine human rights groups said today. The prisoner, Mahmadali Hayit, is deputy head of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), the country’s lar


Study shows that many who experience trauma of war become increasingly religious

It's been said that there are no atheists in foxholes, but a new study led by Joseph Henrich has shown that the impact of war on religion extends well beyond the front lines. The chair of the Department of Human and Evolutionary Biology, Henrich and a team of international collaborators gathered sur


Light earthquake, 4.2 mag has occurred near Roshtqal’a in Tajikistan

A light earthquake magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) has occurred on Friday, 7 kilometers (4 miles) from Roshtqal’a in Tajikistan. Exact time and date of earthquake 15/03/19 / 2019-03-15 13:38:22 / March 15, 2019 @ 1:38 pm UTC/GMT. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 202.46 km (126 miles) below the earth’s su


Refugee escapes Tajikistan after YouTube video plea for help

Sharofiddin Gadoev, a 33-year-old political activist who had fled repression in Tajikistan, was kidnapped by Russian officials during a visit to Moscow. He was forced onto a plane to Tajikistan and paraded around in concocted videos as someone who had seen the light and returned to Tajikistan willin


Investor FOMO is driving Lyft's valuation sky high

Not only is Lyft not profitable now and losing $911 million a year, the company has said it's not sure how it ever will be profitable. But investors don't care. Driving the news: Lyft is expected to price on Thursday and go public Friday, with estimates for the company's market cap having risen to $


AFC U-23: Disappointing display leaves India with plenty of room for improvement

India U-23 were lucky that Dheeraj Singh had a really good day in between the sticks against Uzbekistan on Friday in their first AFC U-23 Championship qualifier. They lost 0-3 to the hosts but it could have been a whole lot worse.


Tajikistan: Blackouts return as Roghun sputters

The last two weeks in Tajikistan have brought reports of power blackouts in the regions, indicating that the recent commissioning of a generating unit at a huge hydropower project is not yet yielding dividends.


No IS Kids Left Behind: Tajikistan To Repatriate Dozens Of Islamic State Children From Iraq

As Islamic State's attempt to establish a caliphate crumbles, many countries are turning their backs on children born into the extremist group. Tajikistan is not one of those countries.


Tajikistan Authorities Bar Children from Attending Church Services, Burn Thousands of Bible Verse Calendars

Tajik authorities implementing a new religion law are barring children from attending religious services and have burned thousands of calendars with Bible verses. Amendments to Tajikistan’s Religion Law came into force in January last year, giving the state greater control over religious education,


Two killed, several wounded in Kyrgyz-Tajik border clashes

BISHKEK/DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Two Tajik man have been shot dead and several Tajiks and Kyrgyz wounded in border clashes triggered by a dispute over road construction in Kyrgyzstan’s southwestern Batken province, authorities on both sides said on Thursday.


Breeding young men for export in poor countries

Large-scale migration from the poorest countries of Europe, and parts of Asia, began immediately following the collapse of communism in 1990. State pensions and public health provisions are paltry in these countries, and domestic job opportunities scarce.


Second Tajik Villager Killed In Dispute Over Road Near KyrgyzBorder

Deadly violence has broken out for a second consecutive day along a disputed section of the Tajik-Kyrgyz border after Kyrgyzstan restarted construction work on a controversial road in the area.


Rival Police Clash In North Afghan City In Spat Between President, Ex-Governor

MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan -- Gunfire has broken out in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif between police who are loyal to a powerful former provincial governor and the central government's Special Police Forces.


Muslim in Tajikistan Awoke One Night to Find Jesus in His Bedroom

This mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia gained its sovereignty in 1991 after the Soviet Union fell apart. The officially secular state is predominately made up of Sunni Muslims, but the government has taken steps to curb Islamic radicalization. In 2016, police shaved the beards of 13,00


Tajikistan’s Religious Regulations Leaves Little Room for Country’s Christian Community

(International Christian Concern) – World Watch Monitor has reported that new amendments to Tajikistan’s Religion Law are being used to exercise tighter control over the country’s tiny Christian community. These new amendments are now allowing the government to ban children from attending religious


Mother Of U.S. Cyclist Killed In Tajik Terror Attack Demands Compensation

The American mother of one of four foreign cyclists killed in a terrorist attack in Tajikistan last year has said she will seek financial compensation from the Central Asian country.


China denies speculation of military presence in Afghanistan

BEIJING — China’s defense ministry defended military cooperation with Tajikistan Thursday following a report of a sizeable Chinese troop presence at a base in the Central Asian state.


AFC U-23 Championship: Tajikistan knock sub-par India out

Two poor performances back-to-back have sent India packing from the AFC U-23 Championship qualification round as Tajikistan claimed a 1-0 win on Sunday in Tashkent. A first-half goal by Daler Yodgorov (36') and a late goal by Solehov Sharafjon helped Tajikistan ease past a lacklustre Indian team.


Will Rustam Emomali Become The Next President Of Tajikistan?

At age 29, he was appointed as mayor of Dushanbe. In 2018, the Tajik Constitution was amended to allow a person as young as 30 to run for president. Now, following claims by a prominent opposition activist that he was recently abducted, tortured, and pressured to support Rustam Emomali in the 2020 p