Traditions of the Kyrgyz people were being formed with the help of economic, trade, domestic and other relations with kindred and other tribes that were closely related to the geography of their ha...

After the coup of 19 March 1953 in the socio-political history of Iran there were fundamental changes: the powers of parliament were limited and the absolute power of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was...

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Tajikistan is interested in attracting investments from Azerbaijan in various mutually beneficial projects related to hydropower and construction of large and small hydroelectric power plants. Ambassador of Tajikistan in Azerbaijan Zohir Saidov made such a statement, adding that the regional impact of the hydropower projects will serve the interests of all Central Asian countries. “The benefits derived from production of electricity that is cheap in terms of cost and transit make investing in this sector very attractive,” Saidov said.



The Kazakh company LLP “Les” located in East Kazakhstan Province has won a grant in the amount of KZT21.5 million from the National Agency for Technological Development. According to the press-service of the “Baiterek” National Holding, these funds will be used to develop a unique technology of extracting rare metals and gold from raw materials of technogenic and mineral origin. This technology involves the use of industrial microwave systems that create highly saturated energy field.



In the future, the foreign online stores and individuals engaged in selling goods in Kazakhstan will be required to register and then to pay taxes. Head of the Department for taxation of non-residents under the State Revenue Committee under the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan Ildar Sagiev made this statement during the recent seminar on the problems related to collection of VAT tax from electronic commercial transactions.



The Ministry of Economy of Uzbekistan has held a conference, during which the representatives were briefed on the progress of the program for development and modernization of the road transport and engineering infrastructure in 2015-2019. As noted, this program envisages spending a total of $9.8 billion on 150 different investment projects. In particular, the program should result in construction and renovation of more than 25,000 kilometers of transmission lines and 5,628 transformer points.



As of October 1, 2016, the resident population of Uzbekistan was 31,877,100 people. This follows from the preliminary data published by the republic's State Statistics Committee on October 24. Since the beginning of 2016, the population of Uzbekistan has grown by 1.3 percent, or by 401,800 people. The urban population amounted to 50.6 percent of the total population, or 16,181,400 people, and the rural population was 49.4 percent, or 15,795,700 people.



During January-August 2016, the bilateral trade turnover between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan increased by 1.3 times, reaching $118 million in monetary terms. In addition, the country also managed to increase the trade turnover with Turkey, China, Great Britain and the United States. However, the volume of mutual trade with Kazakhstan and Russia continued to decline. These preliminary figures regarding the foreign trade turnover of Kyrgyzstan have been published by the National Statistical Committee of the Republic.


Middle east


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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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