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  • Pipeline, Geopolitics On Agenda As Berdymukhammedov Visits Uzbekistan
    Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov is visiting Tashkent, part of a surge in diplomatic activity in Central Asia since the death of longtime Uzbek leader Islam Karimov in 2016.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:49:56 +0000.
  • Kyrgyz mayor dons fake beard to tour city in disguise
    Bishkek's first citizen says he wears a fake beard so that he can see the city's problems first-hand.
    BBC News.  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:01:28 GMT.
  • Trump and Kim Jong-un summit could be held in Mongolia
    Mongolia could end up as the winner of the competition to host President Trump and Kim Jong-un's historic sit down.
    Daily Mail.  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:06:57 +0100.
  • Meet Me in Mongolia: How Aging Aircraft May Dictate Kim-Trump Venue
    Kim Jong-un is not known to have flown outside his country, and the question of his transportation complicates an already delicate and uncertain meeting.
    Ali Watkins.  New York Times.  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:20:52 GMT.
  • Last of the wild asses back from the brink
    Wild equines are being reintroduced to the grasslands of Kazakhstan where they once roamed in large numbers.
    BBC News.  Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:50:21 GMT.
  • India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan under GSP eligibility review
    The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is reviewing the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) based on concerns about the countries' compliance with the programme.
    Just Style.  Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:41:00 GMT.
  • US to review trade preferences for India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan
    WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - The United States said on Thursday (April 12) it was considering revoking import preferences for India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan over concerns about trade barriers and worker rights.
    Straits Times.  Fri, 13 Apr 2018 04:30:09 +0800.
  • Authoritarian Turkmen leader's son rises in Foreign Ministry
    The son of Turkmenistan's president has been appointed a deputy foreign minister, deepening speculation that the president aims to form a dynastic system of power in the Central Asian nation. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:50:52 -0400.
  • Kazakhstan Engineering to sell more subsidiaries
    Kazakhstan has continued efforts to reduce national holdings in defence and aerospace assets with the announcement that majority stakes will be sold in three subsidiaries of defence group Kazakhstan Engineering (KE). ...
    Guy Anderson, London.  Janes 360.  Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT.
  • Beijing chokes in heavy dust as sandstorm blows in
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing's air quality index (AQI) soared to hazardous levels on Wednesday as a sandstorm blew in from Inner Mongolia and smothered the Chinese capital and other parts of northern China in dust.
    Reuters.  Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:15:59 -0400.
Kazakhstan map, showing Astana, the Kazakh capital city, and parts of other Central Asian nations
Mongolia map, showing UlaanBaatar, the capital city, and other Mongolian cities
Tajikistan map, showing Dushanbe, the capital city, and parts of adjoining nations in Central Asia
The nations of Central Asia include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia, as well as Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.  For more news and official information about these nations, visit the national government websites listed below.

The Republic of Kazakhstan's capital city is Astana, and its national currency is the Tenge.  The primary language of Kazakhstan is Kazakh, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 15,285,000.

The Kyrgyz Republic's capital city is Bishkek, and its national currency is the Som.  The primary languages of Kyrgyzstan are Kyrgyz and Russian, and the country's estimated population in 2007 was 5,284,000.

Mongolia's capital city is Ulaanbaatar, and its currency is the Tugrug.  Khalka Mongolian is the primary language of Mongolia, and in 2007, Mongolia's population was estimated at 2,952,000.

The Republic of Tajikistan's capital city is Dushanbe, and its official currency is the Somoni.  Tajik, Uzbek, and Russian are commonly used languages in Tajikistan, and in 2007, the estimated population of Tajikistan was 7,077,000.

Turkmenistan's capital city is Ashgabat, and its national currency is the Manat.  The primary languages of Turkmenistan are Turkmen, Russian, and Uzbek, and its estimated 2007 population was 5,097,000.

The Republic of Uzbekistan's capital city is Tashkent, and its currency is the Sum.  The primary language of Uzbekistan is Uzbek, and its estimated population in 2007 was 27,780,000.

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