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Turkmenistan’s Leader Mocked Over Gun-Toting Video
He wanted to show his proficiency with guns and knives, but opponents recut government propaganda with scenes from an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
John Kerry Confronts Human Rights as He Zips Through Central Asia
The secretary of state’s four-day tour of the five “Stans” of the former Soviet Union has been an experiment in both power-balancing and sleep deprivation.
John Kerry Is Cautious on Human Rights During Uzbekistan Visit
On the second stop of a Central Asian tour, Mr. Kerry found himself struggling over how hard, and how publicly, to press one of the harshest authoritarian governments in the world.
In Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the Legacy of Soviet Rule Endures
What lingers in Central Asia are some of the political habits bequeathed by the Soviets.
Kazakhstan’s Currency Plunges
Financial analysts say the currencies of Kazakhstan’s neighbors in Central Asia will likely fall, as well.
China Gains New Friends in Its Quest for Energy
A Chinese presence at a vast new oil field in Kazakhstan is another indication that China’s influence has eclipsed even Russia’s across the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
Jennifer Lopez Faulted for Turkmenistan Show
Ms. Lopez has drawn scrutiny for singing “Happy Birthday” to the country’s president, who was in attendance.
Video of Turkmen Leader’s Spectacular Fall Foils Effort to Cover Up Accident
The president of Turkmenistan learned how hard it can be to maintain a cult of personality in the Internet era when the official account of his triumph in a horse race on Sunday was undermined by video posted on foreign Web sites.
Rumors About Uzbekistan Leader’s Health Set Off Succession Debate
Disputed reports about the health of President Islam Karimov, who has ruled for more than two decades, have underscored the uncertain politics of succession in Uzbekistan.
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