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Global community must allow money to flow into Afghanistan to prevent poverty and hunger, UN official says

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KABUL — While the choices available in Afghanistan are “not comfortable” ones, continued international engagement and unwavering commitment to the country’s people can help steer the situation to its best possible outcome, the UN’s senior official in Kabul told the UN Security Council on September 9, the UN News service reported.

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Uzbekistan president accepts nomination to run for second term

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TASHKENT — Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has accepted the nomination from the pro-government Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan to be its candidate and seek a second term in office in next month's election, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported.

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EBRD supports sustainability of Kazakhstan’s power utility

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is pledging new funds to improve the financial sustainability of Mangistau Regional Distribution Company (MREK), a major electricity distributor in western Kazakhstan, the Bank said on September 8.

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Kazakhstan: President attends opening of CLAAS agricultural machinery plant

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — As part of the working visit of Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to the North Kazakhstan Region, the opening of one of the largest factories for the assembly of CLAAS agricultural machinery took place. During the visit, the President was shown grain harvesters, tractors and sowing complexes assembled here, and also told about plans for further development of production, Kazakh Invest national investment promotion company reported on September 7.

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Foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighboring countries hold their first meeting in new format

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BEIJING — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on September 8 attended the first meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighboring countries in Beijing via video link, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Turkmenistan foreign minister reportedly being treated for COVID

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ASHGABAT — Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov has been reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 even as authorities continue to deny the presence of the coronavirus within the country's borders, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reported.

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USAID announces new youth development program in Turkmenistan

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new activity for youth development in Turkmenistan. The five-year, USAID Youth Development activity, will be implemented by the QED Group and will leverage past and current USAID interventions to connect Turkmenistani youth with employment opportunities and create sustainable linkages between the youth and the labor market, the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan said on September 7.

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USAID, Aga Khan Foundation provide access to water and sanitation in Tajikistan’s village, school

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), through their joint Thrive Tajikistan: Partnership for Socio-Economic Development project, officially commissioned a new drinking water supply system and a latrine at School #20 in Safedoron village in Panj district of Khatlon province. This drinking water supply system will provide clean water to more than 2,700 people, and the school latrine will ensure modern sanitation services to more than 640 students and teachers, with separate spaces for males and females, the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan said on September 7.

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Russia-led CSTO holds military drills in Kyrgyzstan due to situation in Afghanistan

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BISHKEK — The Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has started three days of military exercises in Kyrgyzstan it says are needed in response to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz service reported.

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Afghanistan: Taliban names country’s supreme leader, new government members

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KABUL — The Taliban has named its reclusive leader Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada as a supreme leader and a founding leader, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, to lead a new Afghan government as the radical fundamentalist group seeks to establish its rule after the US-backed government collapsed in mid-August, RFE/RL's Radio Azadi reported.

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EU and Kyrgyzstan hold Human Rights Dialogue

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The European Union and the Kyrgyz Republic held their eleventh round of the annual Human Rights Dialogue on September 6 in Brussels.

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OSCE helps Kyrgyzstan take the combat against trafficking in persons to next level

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BISHKEK (TCA) — An OSCE-organized week-long live simulation exercise on how to identify and rescue victims of human trafficking started in Issyk-Kul province, Kyrgyzstan on 6 September. More than 70 professionals from law enforcement agencies including the representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the Prosecutor General's Office, civil society organizations, independent experts and representatives of social services are taking part in the event, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said.

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ADB reaffirms support for Uzbekistan’s private sector development

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President for Private Sector Operations and Public–Private Partnerships Ashok Lavasa met with Uzbek senior government officials and key stakeholders in the past week in Tashkent, reaffirming ADB’s support for Uzbekistan’s reform agenda and efforts to strengthen the private sector, ADB said on September 7.

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US-Russian scholar, who has criticized China over Xinjiang, banned from entering Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN — Russian-American scholar Yevgeny (Gene) Bunin, known for raising awareness over the situation faced by indigenous peoples in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang, says he has been banned from entering Kazakhstan for five years, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.

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S&P affirms Kazakhstan’s pre-pandemic credit rating

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — International rating agency Standard & Poor's has affirmed Kazakhstan's sovereign credit rating at 'BBB-', outlook Stable, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan primeminister.kz reported on September 4.

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Uzbekistan: UNDP promotes digital approach to entrepreneurship development in Karakalpakstan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Within UNDP-UNFPA Joint Programme ‘Building the resilience of local communities against health, environmental and economic insecurities in the Aral Sea region’, funded by the Government of Japan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invited Mr. Hiroshi Kaneko, an International Specialist from Japan on Income Generation issues, to hold a series of workshops on digitalization, particularly the use of E-Commerce, FinTech and Social Media, UNDP in Uzbekistan said.

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Kazakhstan to produce nuclear fuel for foreign nuclear power plants

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The Kazakh-Chinese enterprise Ulba-TVS LLP with the support of Kazakh Invest national investment promotion company has launched a large investment project for the production of fuel assemblies in Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan). The implementation of the project worth 44 billion tenge will create about 129 permanent jobs, Kazakh Invest reported.

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Afghanistan: Taliban says last holdout region taken; resistance denies defeat

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KABUL (TCA) — The Taliban claims it has taken complete control of Panjshir Province — the last area in Afghanistan still held by resistance forces, which rejected the allegation, RFE/RL's Radio Azadi reported.

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Afghanistan: Fighting reported in opposition holdout as Taliban moves closer to forming government

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KABUL (TCA) — Fresh fighting was reported on September 4 in the last holdout against Taliban control in Afghanistan, even as the hard-line Islamist group finalized plans to form a government, RFE/RL reported.

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Caritas Germany brings clean drinking water to a village in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — 1,000 residents of Yovon village in Ayni district in the northern Tajikistan finally have access to safe drinking water. The villagers have been suffering water scarcity for more than 30 years. Brooks, streams and irrigation canals were the only drinking water sources for the village in the past and especially women and girls used to spend hours to fetch water, affecting their physical health and the health of all family members as the surface waters do not meet drinking standards. Now, with community initiative, support and contribution, drinking water system is in place.

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Kazakhstan to switch to GovTech platform model of digitalization

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — On September 3, Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin and Head of the SBER Group of Companies (Russia) Herman Gref signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the implementation of projects on digital transformation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the transition to a platform model of digitalization and the concept of Data-Driven Government, primeminister.kz reported.

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EBRD pledges fresh funds to expand operations of Tajikistan’s microlending institution

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says it is continuing its support for leading microlending institution IMON International (IMON), which is responsible for a quarter of microlending operations in Tajikistan and the provision of financial services to more than 100,000 microbusinesses and individual borrowers. Following the acquisition of IMON by international shareholders in June 2021, the EBRD is pledging new financial resources of US$ 4 million, which will help promote green investments and create new opportunities for women-led small businesses in the country.

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Taliban says China will be 'main partner' to invest and rebuild Afghanistan

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KABUL — The Taliban says China will maintain diplomatic relations with Afghanistan and the new rulers in Kabul will rely on Beijing for economic support after the withdrawal of U.S.-led international forces, RFE/RL reported.

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Uzbekistan: Lawmakers suggest 'head of nation' title for President Mirziyoyev

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Two senior lawmakers have suggested that President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who enjoys virtually unrestrained political power in Uzbekistan, should be given the honorary title of "head of the nation".

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Turkmenistan: Despite no official COVID cases, schools to stay closed

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — Authorities in Turkmenistan, where the government has yet to officially register a single case of coronavirus, have extended school holidays indefinitely amid reports on the ground of a spike in deaths believed to be caused by COVID-19, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reported.

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