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...
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.
Gunmen kill 2 in attack on Afghan-Tajik border
MOSCOW (AP) — Security officials in Tajikistan said on Monday that two people have been killed and one injured after men stormed the border from Afghanistan.
Tajik Border Guards said in a statement that they are looking for a group of 10 to 12 armed men who crossed the Panj River separating the country from Afghanistan on Sunday. The men, armed with a hand-held grenade launcher and automatic rifles opened fire on three forest rangers, killing two of them and injuring one.
Helicopter crashes in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, 5 dead
MOSCOW (AP) — A helicopter carrying climbers in Tajikistan crash-landed in the Central Asian nation's mountains, killing five of the 18 people on board, a Tajik official said Monday.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a car-and-knife attack on Western tourists cycling in Tajikistan that killed two Americans and two Europeans.
Officials in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation didn't publicly address the IS claim and instead blamed the Sunday attack on a banned local Islamist group. The young men featured in an IS-linked video resembled the individuals that Tajik authorities identified as attack suspects who were later killed by police.
MOSCOW (AP) — Four tourists traveling through Tajikistan on bicycles were killed when a driver allegedly rammed his car into them and joined his passengers in going after the cyclists with knives, U.S. and Tajik officials said Monday.
Authorities in the ex-Soviet republic in Central Asia were considering an extremist plot among the possible motives for the attack, the country's interior minister said.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a hit-and-run crash that killed four cyclists in Tajikistan (all times local):
The United States is condemning the "senseless attack" in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan that killed four foreign cyclists, including two Americans.
Tajik journalist sentenced to 12 years in prison
MOSCOW (AP) — A Tajik journalist who also headed a comedy troupe has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in a case denounced by rights advocates.
Khairullo Mirsaidov was sentenced Wednesday by a court in the northern city of Khujand, convicted of embezzling state funds, forgery and knowingly making false statements.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has rocked Afghanistan and Pakistan, sending people racing out of buildings in the two capitals.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor was centered just across the border, in a remote part of Tajikistan.
Omer Mohammadi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's disaster management authority, says two small children were injured when their home collapsed.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea, Yemen and the Philippines earned the final three qualification places for next year's Asian Cup.
Yemen, which played its home games in Qatar because of the ongoing conflict in the country, qualified for the tournament for the first time before even playing Tuesday because the Philippines beat Tajikistan 2-1 in Manila in the same group.
North Korea advanced to the final tournament by beating Hong Kong 2-0 at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang.
Afghan official: Chinese, Uzbek IS militants killed in raid
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Joint U.S. and Afghan air raids targeted the Islamic State group in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan province, while in northeastern Badakshan province U.S. fighter jets pounded Taliban camps that were providing support to militant Turkic Muslim Uighurs who seek independence from China, a U.S.-led coalition statement said Thursday.
Tajikistan bans wailing, hair-tearing at funerals
MOSCOW (AP) — The ex-Soviet Central Asian nation of Tajikistan has imposed limits on how citizens can act at funerals, including bans on black clothes and loud wailing.
Russian diplomat, Tajik ambassador meet over Moscow protest
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian deputy foreign minister and Tajikistan's ambassador have met to discuss the unrest in Moscow in which about 90 Tajiks were detained.
On Wednesday hundreds of Tajiks protested outside a Moscow shopping center where security guards had severely beaten a Tajik worker. Police said 90 people were detained.
Pakistan army: Bombing kills 2 troops in tribal region
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two Pakistani soldiers were killed when a bomb went off during a military search operation in a tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, the military said Monday. The attack came as Afghan and Pakistan army chiefs met in neighboring Tajikistan.
A military statement said the Pakistani troops were conducting the search in the Angur Adda area, close to the border, when the bomb went off late on Sunday night.
Russia to hold joint drills with allies in Central Asia
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says it will conduct joint military maneuvers with its ex-Soviet allies in Central Asia in response to regional threats.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at Friday's meeting with the top military brass that the war in Afghanistan has posed a threat to the region's stability.
BEIJING (AP) — A moderate earthquake that struck close to the earth's surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region's earthquake administration said.
Hours after a deadly bombing in St. Petersburg, members of the special services knocked on the door of a house in Kyrgyzstan's city of Osh, more than 2,000 miles away.
The leafy and socially conservative bazaar city of Osh, on the edge of Central Asia's Ferghana Valley, was until a few years ago the home of the suspected bomber — Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, who turned 22 only two days before Monday's attack.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says its long-range bombers have practiced hitting targets in Tajikistan during joint drills with the Central Asian nation.
Russia's Defense Ministry said Tu-95 and Tu-22M3 bombers have flown missions to strike a "terrorist camp" in Tajik mountains as part of the four-day war games that ended Thursday.
Tajikistan, an impoverished ex-Soviet nation that borders Afghanistan, hosts a Russian military base and relies on Moscow's economic assistance.
Strong earthquake in remote far-western China kills 1
BEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake in a remote area of China's extreme west has killed at least one villager after a home collapsed, authorities said Saturday.
The seismological bureau of China's Xinjiang region said that 55 homes were damaged and 32 collapsed in an area bordering Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in the quake that struck late Friday.
The government has dispatched emergency response workers and closed some railways in southern Xinjiang.
IMF warns of slow growth in Central Asia, Caucasus
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Friday of weak growth prospects in Central Asia and the Caucasus and called for active reforms to energize the post-Soviet economies.
In a report, the 189-nation IMF forecast economic growth in the region in 2016 at just 1.3 percent, the lowest estimate since 1998.