Journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov could spend years behind bars. His crime: calling out government corruption. An international campaign is working to set him free and protect free expression in Tajikistan.
DUSHANBE -- Five people have died in a helicopter accident in eastern Tajikistan, including three Russian mountaineers and two Tajik members of the helicopter crew, officials say.
... And what is important: the horrific consequences of human activities, harmful to the Aral Sea, and continuing despite all the efforts to this day, one way or another will impact all the states within Central Asia without exception. Already millions of adults and children are suffering, as before the Aral Sea is spoken of as a glorious past, as a fairy tale that has come to an end prematurely and tragically, but still there is hope. Hope that the five countries of the region will take control of the situation once and for all -- they will sit at the negotiating table and, throwing back its internal, personal interests and ambitions, will unite in saving the common future for everyone...
The cold war between two Central Asian rivals over water appears to have ended, potentially opening the region to international investment and increased integration. Earlier this month, Uzbekistan dropped its opposition to the Rogun Dam, a Tajik hydroelectric power plant which had been a potential powder-keg in the region.
AKIPRESS.COM - President of Tajikistan visited the construction site of the Rogun dam on July 25. The President was accompanied by Prime Minister Kohir Rasulzoda to see the progress of construction carried out around the clock at 78 blocs.
The Central Asia countries are developing a similar to the Schengen zone visa system, according to Kazakhstani Senator, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Defense and Security Dariga Nazarbayeva. She believes the prospected Silk-visa zone will attract foreign tourists to the Central Asian region.
Foreign Ministers of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Sirodjiddin Aslov and Erlan Abdyldaev have agreed to accelerate the process of determining the border between the states, Sputnik Tajikistan reported referring to the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry.
Uzbekistan will allocate a loan of $100 million for the development of the business of three Tajik banks, Sputnik Uzbekistan reported, referring to Avesta news agency.
BISHKEK (TCA) — The foreign ministers of Central Asia countries said they had agreed to increase cooperation against international terrorism and religious extremism after a meeting in the Kyrgyz resort city of Cholpon-Ata held on July 20-22.
AKIPRESS.COM - President Emomali Rahmon will visit Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan this August, the Tajik president's press service said.