The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the five-year Health Outreach Program (HOP) to prevent and treat HIV and tuberculosis in Uzbekistan.
The HOP will provide technical assistance, training, and direct outreach services to increase access to quality HIV and tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment interventions among the most at-risk populations. The program was approved by an interdepartmental expert council under the Uzbek Cabinet of Ministers, Outreach Program Coordinator Artur Niyazov said.
Suzak district court sentenced 17 defendants to life imprisonment for participation in mass rioting and killing 16 people in Suzak district, the southern Kyrgyzstan, news agency "24.kg" reported.
According to the investigation, on June12-13, local residents of Suzak district blocked the road Osh-Bishkek at the pass Topurak-Bel, spilled the oil and stopped the cars. As a result of riots 16 people were killed and 9 cars were set afire. The two residents of Suzak district still reported missing.
19 people are charged with murder, enticement of interethnic hatred and organizing mass riots.
A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is fully prepared to strongly defend the country against any attack, Press TV reported.
"The IRGC is more prepared now than ever before to counter any potential aggression," IRNA quoted IRGC commander Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying on Tuesday.
He pointed to great achievements of the IRGC, Basij and Armed Forces in different fields of science and technology and said they have achieved considerable advances in the most sensitive and significant military and tactical research projects.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will arrive in Astana this weekend to attend the upcoming OSCE summit.
Ki-Moon intends to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of several countries, as well as to hold a press conference for journalists in Astana.
The OSCE has not held such a summit for 11 years.
The event will take place in Astana in early December under Kazakhstan's chairmanship, and gather the presidents and the heads of the state of OSCE member countries.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Beirut on Wednesday for a two-day visit that would include talks on the tense political situation in Lebanon, DPA reported.
Erdogan is to meet Lebanese government officials and lawmakers from Hezbollah, according to a government source.
The Turkish premier, in remarks published Wednesday in the Lebanese daily As Safir, said his country would not allow Lebanon to deteriorate into a civil war.
Erdogan said that Turkey would "do the necessary to fight signs of a civil war in Lebanon."
An Uzbek wrestler has failed a doping test at the 16th Asian Games in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the second athlete from his nation to do so, officials said Wednesday, DPA reported.
Jakhongir Muminov tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in an out-of-competition test on November 19, Mani Jegathesan, the Olympic Council of Asia's (OCA) medical chief, told reporters.
"The athlete has been disqualified from these Games and his performance in the competition has been nullified," Jegathesan said.
Afghanistan has released the final results of September's parliamentary elections after a fraud probe revealed nearly a quarter of the votes invalid and many candidates disqualified, Press TV reported.
Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday released the final results following long delays to probe widespread fraud that saw nearly a quarter of the votes canceled.
"Holding elections is a difficult process," the election commission chief, Fazil Ahmad Manawi, told reporters in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The Japanese government said Wednesday Prime Minister Naoto Kan and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak agreed to cooperate closely following North's Korea's shelling of a South Korean island, DPA reported.
North Korea fired artillery shells Tuesday at Yeonpyeong Island near their disputed western sea border, killing two soldiers and injuring 15 more as well as three civilians.
"Kyrgyzstan has chosen the right path of development," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated when the new Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan to the United Nations, Talaibek Kydyrov presented his credentials, the press service of Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign informs, news agency "24.kg" reported.
According to Ban Ki-moon, Kyrgyzstan undergoes democratic transformations. "The country is on the right path of development, the UN will continue to provide every possible support to the republic," he stressed.
Syria has condemned a new Israeli law that mandates a referendum ahead of any withdrawal from annexed East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights, Press TV reported.
Syria says Israel's complicating the return of the Golan Heights to the country through a recent law does not lessen Damascus' right to the territory.
On Monday, the Israeli parliament (Knesset) ratified a bill, conditioning the restoration of the occupied land to its Arab owners on the approval of Israeli parliamentarians or a referendum.