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    'Black Is Only For Funerals!' Kazakh President Calls For Ban Against Islamic Attire

    Black clothing is only for funerals, says Kazakhstan's president, who wants a legal ban on certain Islamic clothing -- such as body-covering black garments for women and so-called Salafi-style ankle-length pants for men.

    Central Asia
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    Trans-Caspian route may become alternative branch of Silk Road

    Chairman of the Board of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan "Atameken" made the statement on the sidelines of the fifth meeting of the Turkic Business Council in Astana, Today.kz reported.

    Business
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    Uzbek President, Discuss Bilateral Cooperation with Kazakh President

    Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed bilateral relations during Mirziyoyev’s March 22-23 first state visit to Kazakhstan. His visit, accorded the highest status.

    Central Asia
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    Kazakhstan Govt Using Social Media To Tame Rebellion

    Few Kazakhs, if any, know how to use online anonymisers and VPN services to access restricted web content. Few, if any, are ready to risk their welfare by using the internet for anti-governmental activities.

    Central Asia
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    Release of detainees, ceasefire, humanitarian aid on Astana Syria talks agenda

    A new meeting on Syrian settlement in Astana officially kicked off with a bilateral meeting between the UN and Russian delegations on March 14. The Russian delegation also met with the delegation from Jordan.

    West Asia
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    Delegates gather in Astana for Syria talks

    Kazakhstan says delegations from Iran, Russia and Turkey are arriving in Astana for a third round of talks to put an end to the conflict in Syria.

    West Asia
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    Kazakhstan’s parliament approves bill on transfer of presidential powers

    Kazakhstan's parliament on Monday approved a package of amendments to the constitution to reduce presidential powers in favor of lawmakers and the cabinet, a move that could help lead to an eventual political transition.

    Central Asia
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    10-nation ECO vows to combat terror at summit in Pakistan

    Established in 1985 for promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the member states, ECO now comprises of a region that stretches from the Himalayas in the East to the West of Dardanelles from the Ara

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    Astana talks on Syria begin behind closed doors

    Delegates from the Syrian government and opposition groups attend a fresh round of peace negotiations in Astana, Kazakhstan, in a new phase of the diplomatic process mediated by Iran, Russia and Turkey.

    West Asia
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    Kazakhstan: Subsidies Skew Media Development

    The government of Kazakhstan maintains a system of state subsidies for mass media, under which authorities pay outlets to cover selected topics in a particular way. These subsidies keep many struggling outlets afloat.

    Central Asia
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    Uzbekistan churns Out new anti-Terrorism Melodrama

    Speaking at a preview of his movie, “Dadam Betob" (“Dad is Sick”) director and screenwriter Zulfikar Musakov told reporters he had presented the idea to state-run film company Uzbekfilm five years ago.

    Art and Culture
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    Kazakhstan: China-focused dating agency sparks anger

    A curious advertisement popped up on Facebook a few days, appealing to women in Kazakhstan in search of a prospective husband: “An elite group of bachelors is coming to Astana from Beijing to make new friends.

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    Kazakhstan registration law claims lives

    Anger is mounting in Kazakhstan at a strict new residency registration law after two people dropped dead at government service centers processing the permits.

    Central Asia
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    37 killed in Turkish plane crash in Kyrgyzstan

    The Boeing 747 crashed near the Manas airport outside Bishkek at around 7:30 a.m. local time (0130 GMT) as it was attempting to land in poor visibility because of dense fog on Monday.

    West Asia

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