Provincial governor’s spokesman says 62 killed, 36 wounded in mosque explosion in eastern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Provincial governor's spokesman says 62 killed, 36 wounded in mosque explosion in eastern Afghanistan .
Afghan official says at least 20 people killed in mosque hit by mortar during Friday prayers in Nangarhar province
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says at least 20 people killed in mosque hit by mortar during Friday prayers in Nangarhar province.
Down to Earth: Astronauts safely return after space mission
ZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — An American, a Russian and the first person from the United Arab Emirates to fly into space landed safely on Thursday after a six-hour flight from the International...
Turkmenistan’s president fires minister over graft probe
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan’s president has fired his interior minister after the nation’s chief prosecutor presented a report accusing Interior Ministry officials of...
Presidential polls close in Afghanistan amid accusations voting was deeply flawed, and Taliban attacks in north, south.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Presidential polls close in Afghanistan amid accusations voting was deeply flawed, and Taliban attacks in north, south.
Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai tells The Associated Press ‘This is no time for elections’
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai tells The Associated Press 'This is no time for elections'
China rejects US secretary of state’s criticism on Xinjiang
BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday denounced U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for saying that Beijing is trying to erase Muslim culture in its northwest.
Pompeo: Resist China’s demands to repatriate fleeing Uighurs
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — America's top diplomat says Central Asian nations should reject Chinese demands to repatriate ethnic minorities to China, where they face repression.
Court in Kyrgyzstan orders ex-president to stay in custody
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Kyrgyzstan on Friday ordered the nation's ex-president to remain in custody pending trial on corruption charges as calm returned to the country's capital following a...
Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president arrested after violent clashes
MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Kyrgyzstan detained the Central Asian nation's ex-president Thursday following violent clashes with his supporters, a day after a previous attempt to arrest him left one...
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Kyrgyzstan's Health Ministry says a serviceman died...
MOSCOW (AP) — More than one hundred people have been detained at anti-government rallies in Kazakhstan on Saturday amid a continuing wave of public discontent over a perceived orchestrated...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly Gazprom has signed a five-year contract to import gas from the energy-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan.
Turkmen president celebrates birthday with new gas refinery
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's president has celebrated his 62nd birthday with the opening of the world's largest natural gas-to-gasoline refinery, a $1.7 billion project.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military launched a massive exercise Monday to simulate a response to possible security threats in Central Asia.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five-day...
MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Kazakhstan arrested nearly 4,000 people during protests before and after a June 9 presidential election, and 700 were detained for several days, the country's interior...
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — The son of Turkmenistan's president has been appointed as governor of a key province, fueling speculation the leader of the energy-rich Central Asian nation is...
Signs of ritual pot smoking found in ancient Chinese graves
WASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China.
MOSCOW (AP) — The new president of Kazakhstan promised during his inauguration Wednesday to continue the course set by his predecessor, who led the Central Asian country since it gained...
MOSCOW (AP) — An ally of Kazakhstan's former president was named winner of the presidential election on Monday in a vote marred by a police crackdown on protesters who criticized the result as an...
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Woman who told of Chinese internment camps headed to Sweden
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top security chief on Tuesday raised alarm about Islamic extremists massing on Afghanistan's northern border.
Mississippi governor leads trade trip to Uzbekistan
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is in Uzbekistan this week to try to strengthen connections between the state and the country in central Asia.
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20 detained at protests in Kazakhstan
MOSCOW (AP) — Media reports say that more two dozen people have been detained in Kazakhstan's capital over a proposed name change.
The parliament in this Central Asian nation voted earlier...
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the change of president in Kazakhstan (all times local):
The eldest daughter of the outgoing leader of Kazakhstan has been named speaker of the...
Kazakhstan’s president to step down after 30 years in power
MOSCOW (AP) — President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader that independent Kazakhstan has ever known, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday after three decades in power, raising...
Jordan’s Prince Ali calls for blocking Afghan candidates
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Asian soccer official Prince Ali of Jordan says candidates from Afghanistan should be barred from elections while implicated in their federation's "current...
Kazakh activist campaigning against Chinese camps arrested
BEIJING (AP) — A prominent activist campaigning for the release of ethnic Kazakhs caught in a sweeping crackdown on Muslims in China has been arrested in the Kazakh city of Almaty, his wife and a...
China denies speculation of military presence in Afghanistan
BEIJING (AP) — 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...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Middle East wars
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at one of President Donald Trump's statements from his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and how it compares with the facts:
TRUMP: "Our brave troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for almost 19 years."
Turkmenistan to cut state funding for science
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan authorities say the government will gradually end state funding of the ex-Soviet nation's Academy of Sciences, another move in a series of efforts to trim spending.
A decree by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov published Wednesday in the government daily Neutral Turkmenistan says government funding for the Academy will be phased out in three years. It also envisages streamlining the Academy, a structure that includes various research institutions.
China allowing 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to leave Xinjiang region
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — China is allowing more than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the country, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said, in a sign that Beijing may be starting to feel a mounting backlash against its sweeping crackdown on Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang.
New law in Turkmenistan cracks down sharply on alcohol sales
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — A law sharply limiting the sale of alcohol has gone into effect in the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan, whose authoritarian president has made physical fitness a top initiative.
US envoy for Afghanistan holds talks in Moscow with Russians
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has hosted a U.S. special envoy for talks on Afghanistan.
The ministry said the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, met Friday with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and a presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.
Envoy: Russia plays Afghanistan broker due to US ‘failure’
MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat said Monday that Moscow is trying to be an Afghan peace broker because it considers the U.S. has failed in Afghanistan.
Russia's presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said a Moscow conference on Afghanistan Friday that brought together representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban marked an attempt to "take a modest first step toward full-fledged peace talks."
Russia hosts meeting on Afghanistan
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday voiced hope that a conference on Afghanistan taking place in Moscow could help pave the way for peace talks.
"The Moscow format of talks is aimed at establishing an inclusive inter-Afghan dialogue in the interests of advancing the process of national reconciliation," Lavrov said as he opened the meeting that has brought together representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban.
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Turkmenistan opens $3.4 billion chemical plant
KIYANLY, Turkmenistan (AP) — The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has opened a chemical plant that cost $3.4 billion to build, its latest effort to diversity its gas-dependent economy.
Turkmenistan is home to one of the world's largest natural gas deposits, and the new plant on the shores of the Caspian Sea will process gas to produce polyethylene and polypropylene to export via a new naval port.
China says interning Muslims brings them into ‘modern’ world
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the "modern, civilized" world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones.
The report is the ruling Communist Party's latest effort to defend its extrajudicial detention of Central Asian Muslim minorities against mounting criticism.
Turkmenistan ends free utilities after a quarter century
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's president has ordered a complete end to free natural gas, electricity and water, which residents of the Central Asian nation have enjoyed for a quarter century.
Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said Wednesday the move taking effect next year would help Turkmenistan more rationally use natural resources and develop a free market economy.
Turkmenistan surprised by Tajikistan’s rollback on railroad
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — A railroad project in Central Asia is apparently up in the air, with Turkmenistan saying that a Tajik envoy's statement apparently backtracking on the project is incomprehensible.
AP PHOTOS: Kyrgyzstan revives traditions in Nomad Games
CHOLPON-ATA, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan has held its biennial Nomad Games which promote and celebrate the traditional sports of nomadic peoples.
The first Nomad Games were held in this former Soviet republic in 2014 and have since won UNESCO patronage and now attract competitors from more than 80 countries.
Turkmenistan opens plant to ship power to Afghanistan
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan has inaugurated a large gas-powered electricity plant that is expected to sell about 3 billion kilowatt-hours of power a year to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Saturday start of the plant near Mary in the Central Asian nation's southeast was reported by state television.
The $1.2 billion plant is part of Turkmenistan's efforts to diversify away from the natural gas exports on which the country's economy overwhelmingly depends.
Afghan official says roadside bomb kills 5 police in east
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate detonated a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province killing five border police and wounding four others, a statement issued Friday by the insurgent group said.
The vehicle carrying the officers struck the mine in Achin District on Thursday, police officer Qais Saifi told The Associated Press.
Migrant workers the key to Russia’s smooth-running World Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Behind the veneer of Russia's smooth-running World Cup are legions of migrant workers from Central Asia, who built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stands, and clean up after fans who revel through city streets.