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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.

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    140 Afghan Soldiers Killed in Taliban attack

    As many 140 Afghan soldiers were killed on Friday by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms in what would be the deadliest attack ever on an Afghan military base, officials said.

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    US national security adviser discusses Afghanistan in India

    President Donald Trump's national security adviser discussed the situation in Afghanistan with India's prime minister on Tuesday, nearly a week after the US military dropped a massive non-nuclear bomb.

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    US misused Afghanistan as testing ground for dangerous weapons: Karzai

    Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai has blasted the US for dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb in the Asian country, saying Washington is using his country as a “testing ground” for its new weapons.

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    US drops largest non-nuclear bomb ever in Afghanistan

    The US has dropped the "mother of all bombs" - the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military - on an area of eastern Afghanistan known to be populated by Isis-affiliated militants.

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    Tajikistan,Uzbekistan resume flights after 25years

    After a 25-year break, fractious Central Asian neighbors Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have reestablished regular connecting flights, a spokeswoman at Tajikistan's international airport told AFP Tuesday.

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    US turns down Russia invitation to Afghan talks

    The United States won't attend a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan next month in Russia, a State Department official said Thursday.The reasons the US wasn't consulted before receiving the invitation.

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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.

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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.

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    Taliban signal interest in joining Moscow talks

    The Afghan Taliban have signalled willingness to take part in a meeting that Russia is expected to host next month on peace and reconciliation in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

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    Afghan forces free 59 prisoners from Taliban jail

    Afghan special forces freed 59 prisoners from a Taliban jail in Helmand, officials said on Saturday, as government troops redouble their efforts to drive back the insurgents who have seized large parts of the volatile.

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    Kabul Hospital attack death toll rises to 49

    The death toll from a brazen attack on Afghanistan’s largest military hospital by terrorists disguised as medics has risen to 49 with dozens wounded, a senior health official said on Thursday.

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    China hosts Afghan Taliban delegation: Report

    China hosted a delegation of top Afghan Taliban leaders recently as part of its efforts to encourage the militant group to join the peace process in the war-torn Afghanistan, a media report said today. 

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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.

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    Eleven Afghan police killed in insider attack

    An Afghan policeman linked to the Taliban shot dead 11 of his colleagues at a checkpoint in the southern province of Helmand, officials said Tuesday, in the latest so-called “insider attack”.

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    Taliban leader goes green, urges Afghans to plant trees

    Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees while Kabul government said the move was made to "deceive public opinion" and distract from the Taliban's "crimes and destruction."

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    Thousands of Azerbaijanis mark Khojaly massacre

    Thousands of Azerbaijanis in Baku on Sunday commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly massacre, a 1992 attack which took the lives of hundreds of civilians, including children.

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    Azerbaijan president picks his wife as his vice president

    Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday appointed his wife to the post of vice president. Mehriban is the first to hold this post after it was created in September last year.

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    Security forces surround Afghan VP's house over abuse case

    Afghan security forces blocked roads and took up positions around the house of Vice President Rashid Dostum on Tuesday as a standoff flared up over accusations his men tortured one of his political opponents.

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    Uzbekistan, Tajikistan flights open new chapter in ties

    A plane carrying paying customers, officials and reporters completed the first commercial flight between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for the first time in 25 years, signaling a hopeful new chapter in the two countries.

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    19 killed in suicide blast at Afghan Supreme court

    At least 19 people were killed and 41 wounded Tuesday in a suicide blast at Afghanistan's Supreme Court in Kabul, officials said, the latest attack to rock the war-torn capital.

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    Afghanistan avalanches: Death toll hits 119

    Afghan officials were working on Monday to reach remote villages after avalanches and heavy snow killed at least 119 people around the country. A storm dumped as much as two metres (6.5 feet) of snow.

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    Afghan civilian casualties at record high in 2016: UN

    Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 were the highest recorded by the United Nations, the world body said, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants - one third of them children - killed or wounded.

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    Azerbaijan: Show Trial Ends with Harsh Sentences for Islamic Activists

    The trial of conservative Sh’ia religious activists involved in what is known as the 'Nardaran Affair' has reached its long-expected conclusion, with all 17 defendants sentenced to up to 20-year prison terms.

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