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Central Asia: Window of Opportunity on Rights

(Berlin) - Political leaders in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan should use the window of opportunity offered by political change in their countries to improve human rights, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2018. Leaders of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan should also en

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - 2018-01-18 08:21:00

Young Afghans essential for peace-building in country's northeast

KUNDUZ - The active participation of young Afghans in peace-building is necessary for creating a more stable, inclusive and peaceful region, says a Kunduz-based activist. In a series of events backed by the Kunduz regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) last year, includi

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2018-01-17 08:00:00

United States and Kazakhstan: An Enhanced Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century

President Donald J. Trump hosted President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan today at the White House to discuss enhanced strategic partnership between the United States and Kazakhstan. President Nazarbayev thanked President Trump for his hospitality and offered an invitation for President Trump to


Government of Tajikistan and World Bank Sign New Project to Improve Irrigation and Food Security

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, January 16, 2018 - The Government of Tajikistan and the World Bank today signed a US$16.5 million grant agreement for the Zarafshon Irrigation Rehabilitation and Management Improvement Project aimed to rehabilitate and improve irrigation management in Tajikistan. The project, f


Iranian media: 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks southern Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian media are reporting that a magnitude 5.1 earthquake has jolted the country's southern province of Kerman. The official IRNA news agency says the temblor rocked the village of Hojedk, located about 700 kilometers, or 400 miles, south of Tehran early on Thursday. It says th


Speak Russian? Farsi? Tajik, maybe? You are needed to help mankind on Hilton Head

Falzuloh Khojaev was only 2 when his Hilton Head Island headline read: "That winning smile: Surgery gives child brighter future." He had come from the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan with a severe case of cleft lip and pallet for treatment by Dr. Bob Laughlin at Hilton Head Hosptial through the


Pakistan placed on 'watch list' for religious freedom violations

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Department of State released its annual list of countries guilty of religious freedom violations, naming 10 nations as Countries of Particular Concern and placing Pakistan on a special watch list. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North K


More countries deserve 'Particular Concern' designation

The State Department has named 10 countries as the worst violators of religious freedom around the world but a U.S. official wishes there were more. It was the first time for the Trump administration to make this annual naming of "Countries of Particular Concern" (CPCs) which are Burma, China, Eritr


Tajikistan is changing the way children learn

Ten years ago, the government of Tajikistan started an ambitious education reform effort with the support from the Global Partnership for Education, World Bank, UNICEF and USAID. The new competency-based curriculum aims to improve learning environments, teacher quality and provide students with cogn


Tajikistan produced 3Mt of cement in 2017

Tajikistan's cement factories turned out 3Mt of cement in 2017 and exported some 1Mt of this output. Domestic deliveries were primarily used in the construction of hydraulic structures, roads and bridges as well as housing. The country's demand is estimated at 3-3.5Mta, with imports from Pakistan an


Trump administration to withhold aid to Pakistan

President Donald Trump hammered the Pakistani government's counter-terrorism efforts on Monday, tweeting that they had repaid U.S. funding with only "lies & deceit" in the battle to curb international terrorism. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images The Trump administration announced it will withhold mo


Russia: Siberian shoe factory fire kills 10 workers

At least ten workers died Thursday in a fire at a shoe factory in a small village in the Siberian region of Novosibirsk. The tragedy is only the latest in a series of workplace accidents and fires which take the lives of at least 15,000 workers in Russia every year. According to media reports at le


Overnight Defense: US, South Korea to delay military drills during Olympics | Senators fight over defense spending in budget talks | Trump suspends security aid to Pakistan

Getty THE TOPLINE: The United States and South Korea have agreed to delay an annual joint military exercise that was scheduled to take place during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke Thursday and agreed "to de-conflict the Olympics and o


Civil society in northeast in dialogue with local authorities on upcoming elections

Kunduz - Representatives of civil society networks from northeastern Afghanistan met in Fayzabad to initiate a dialogue with local authorities on upcoming elections and to discuss civil society recommendations for the electoral process. The civil society network, bringing together non-governmental o


Joshua Boyle, held hostage for 5 years, to stay in Canadian jail until Monday bail hearing

A father rescued from Taliban-linked militants fewer than three months ago will be spending at least the next five days in a Canadian detention center after his arrest earlier on more than a dozen charges, including sexual assault. Joshua Boyle, 34, whose family now is living in Ottawa after moving


Exchange student living his 'childhood dream' at HHS

For 17-year-old exchange student Alisher Usmonov, visiting the U.S. is a dream come true. "It's amazing to be in America," he said. "It was my childhood dream, you know, and I tried my best, studied hard ... before coming here, I applied for (a) scholarship, and my dream came true." Usmonov is from


Tajikistan reopens border with Afghanistan after 2 weeks

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): After a two-week closure, Tajikistan has reopened its border crossing with Afghanistan in northern Kunduz province for traffic to Sher Khan Port, an official said on Tuesday. About two weeks back, Tajikistan police closed the main border crossing with Afghanistan, Sher Khan Po


Doing Business on the Roof of the World

Khursheda Ilchibekova a business-owner who is expanding her business through an IOM grant discusses her plans with IOM staff. George Williams IOM 2017 The Tajik-Afghan border stretches for over 1300 kilometres through remote, inaccessible, and extremely mountainous terrain. It cuts through the Pamir


The Lost Children of ISIS

In July 2017, video of a naked child found in the ruins of Mosul circulated widely online. The boy, pointing to an Iraqi flag on one of the buildings, told the Iraqi soldiers it belonged to the unbelievers. The 4-year-old, later identified as Bilal Tagirov, was a Chechen who had been brought by his


For LGBTQ community, 2017 was a mixed bag

Mudslide danger replaces fire threat in California Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Danica RoemDanica Roem, who ran for house of delegates against GOP incumbent Robert Marshall, is greeted by supporters as she prepares to give her victory speech. From the hi