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Central asia

28.08.2016

China Railways Container Transport Co. Ltd, the largest container operator in China, has opened its representative office in Kazakhstan. According to the press-service of “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy,” the commercial organization is a subdivision of “Chinese Railways.” According to President of CRCT Yu Yuntyan, the new office will be the company's first representative office abroad.

 

28.08.2016

In Kazakhstan, construction of a bank of low-enriched uranium has begun at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant located in Ust-Kamenogorsk. The news was announced by Deputy Chairman of the Committee of energy and nuclear control and supervision under the Ministry of Energy of the Republic Timur Zhantikin on the sidelines of the MFA exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the decree on closing the Semipalatinsk test site.

 

28.08.2016

On August 25, the lower house of the Tajik Parliament approved the draft law that provides amnesty to some categories of convicted defendants, accused and suspects of crimes, which had been put forward by President Emomali Rahmon on August 17. According to the press service of the republic's parliament, the new law will be the fifteenth of its kind in the years of Tajikistan's independence. It will be applied to 12,000 people, of which about 3,000 people will be released from prisons, and more than 4,000 people will be exempt from non-custodial sentences.

28.08.2016

According to the results of the first seven months of 2016, the level of electricity losses in the distribution networks of Kyrgyzstan amounted to 13 percent, which is 2 percent (or 188.5 million kWh) less than during the same period of 2015. This was reported during the press conference on August 25. It was devoted to preparation of the republic's energy enterprises to the upcoming autumn-winter period.

28.08.2016

Two steel production enterprises in Uzbekistan will be merged into a single entity: the Uzbek combine of heat-resistant and refractory metals will be united with the Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Combine. According to the press release of the JSC “Almalyk MMC,” the merging issues will be discussed at the extraordinary meeting of shareholders on September 2, 2016. To date, the JSC “Almalyk MMC” has a huge production potential and is one of the largest business associations of the country.

 

28.08.2016

On August 24, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan held this year's third meeting of the advisory body “Dialogue Platform on Human Dimension.” According to the press service of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic, the chairperson at the event was Ambassador at Large of the Ministry Mainura Murzamadiyeva. The meeting was participated by members of parliament and representatives of the government, civil society, and international organizations, such as the OSCE, the USAID, the UN and the EU.

 

Middle east

05.05.2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who arrived in the capital of Azerbaijan on an official visit, spent a number of important negotiations. The most important of them were the talks between the Head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the President Ilham Aliyev.  As noted in the official press service of the Head of Azerbaijan, "during the meeting of President Ilham Aliyev with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, deep satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Israel in various activities was expressed".

18.03.2014

As the day of local election in Turkey is approaching, many female organizations throughout a country started to pay closer attention to the presence in the lists of candidates from different political parties of representatives of fair sex. According to the lists published, at the coming elections on the 30th of March there will be quite little women among candidates from political parties. According to the opinion of female organizations, this factor is an extra evidence of gender inequality, existing in Turkey.

18.03.2014

Turkish company Starpet, which is one of the largest national oil distributors, is going to construct a specific oil-terminal with a total capacity of 1.9 mln. barrels at Ceyhan. This object will be intended for the oil coming through Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline from Iraq Kurdistan. At that, as a spokesman of the Turkish company reported, this terminal will be located not far from Botas terminal, and will occupy the area of about 300 hectares.

18.03.2014

More than 1.5 billion dollars has already been invested in the project for the construction of the first Turkish Nuclear Power Plant Akkuyu. It was reported by Sergey Kirienko, the CEO of Rosatom, the state nuclear energy corporation, during his meeting with the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, Taner Yıldız. According to his words, it’s just a beginning, while even larger-volume investments can be expected soon.

06.11.2013

By Umid Niayesh - Trend: Iran will manufacture at least seven important vaccines during the next four years, Iranian Health Minister, Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said, IRNA news agency reported.

He went on to note that, the country faces a shortage in supplying some needed vaccines, without unveiling any exact details.

Iran was a main vaccine producer and was able to supply all vaccine needs of the region, Qazizadeh Hashemi said, adding that at the present, unfortunately the county has to import its needed vaccine.

06.11.2013

The upcoming 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan "is vulnerable to corruption and fraud," an Afghan watchdog said Monday, dpa reported.

Fraud, ballot stuffing, misuse of government resources by candidates and abuse of government positions are among the concerns, said Yama Torabi, a member of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.

Reviews have identified monitoring gaps that create opportunities for fraud and corruption, he said in a press conference.

Far east

30.10.2013

Turkey will take a step with Japan for nuclear energy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, Anadolu agency reported.

"We have taken the first step with Russia, and we are taking the second step with Japan, said Turkish Prime Minister who held a joint press conference with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Istanbul on Tuesday.

"We wish to make this investment as soon as possible," Erdogan added.

29.10.2013

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani will pay a visit to China on October 29, Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker for International Affairs Hossein Sheikh-ul-Islam said today, the Iranian news agency İLNA reported.

During the visit, Larijani will meet with the Chinese President, head and other officials of the Chinese People's Congress. The development of bilateral and inter-parliamentary relations, as well as the further expansion and intensification of political and cultural ties between the two countries will be discussed.

23.10.2013

China is holding petroleum that was heading to North Korea from Iran in an apparent attempt by Beijing to maintain its control over Pyongyang, sources said, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

According to Chinese sources, the petroleum was part of North Korea's contract to import about 500,000 tons of condensate, a light oil, from Iran. North Korea, seeking to diversify its energy sources, started discussions on the deal last year.

The agreement was reached with the cooperation of a major Chinese state-run petroleum company.

23.10.2013

NATO's chief said Tuesday he hoped Turkey would keep in mind the military alliance's views as it mulls a missile defence deal with China Hurriyetdailynews reported .

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO member Turkey could buy equipment from any source after Ankara raised the possibility of accepting a Chinese bid to build its first long-range anti-missile system.

"Our position is very clear. It's a national decision to decide which equipment to purchase," Rasmussen told a press conference at the close of the first day of a two-day NATO defence ministers meeting.

23.10.2013

CPMIEC company's proposal on creating long-range missiles is more beneficial for Turkey from the economic point of view, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before his official visit to Kosovo, TRT Haber TV channel reported today.

According to him, Ankara has evaluated all proposals in this sphere.

He also stressed that the creation of the long-range missiles in Turkey is a priority for the country.

Prime Minister said that Turkey's actions on the creation of such missiles are legitimate. The country does not consider NATO's statement on the issue important.

02.10.2013

Kazakh Majilis (the Parliament's lower chamber) approved the loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) on construction of Western Europe - Western China international transport corridor, Majilis press-service reported on Wednesday.

According to the agreement, ADB will provide $125 million for construction of Western Europe - Western China's 36.7 kilometer section between the cities of Shymkent and Tashkent in South Kazakhstan region.

The project is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2015.

07.04.2015

According to new research conducted and analysed by Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) two thirds of new drug offenders within the region are under the age of 30. [1] Those officials working within what is being referred to as a “rapidly evolving operating environment” are now looking to those members from the younger demographics in order to rid the region of its well-documented drug problems.

01.04.2011

Today there are a significant number of sites of religious-extremist orientation on the Internet. They pose a threat to countries in Central, Eastern and South-East Asia and the Middle East, because they are agitating for an armed struggle against religious dissent, call for the overthrow of secular regimes and the establishment of theocratic states.

09.08.2010

In the coming decades humanity may encounter a very serious crisis begotten by lack of drinking water. Tony Clarke — Director of the Polaris Research Institute — thinks that the crisis may be serious enough to threaten the existence of the human race.



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