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Kyrgyzstan: Protected areas of Western Tian Shan receive field gear and optics

BISHKEK, July 16 -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) donated binoculars to Sary-Chelek, Padysh-Ata, Dashman, Besh-Aral and Saimaluu-Tash Protected Areas in Kyrgyzstan. Alatai and Kan-Ac... Read More


Hit hard by COVID-19, Afghanistan needs continued international support, World Bank says

KABUL, July 16 -- Afghanistan's economy is set to contract by between 5.5 percent and 7.4 percent in 2020 because of COVID-19, exacerbating poverty, and leading to a sharp decline in government revenu... Read More


WHO urges Turkmenistan to activate 'critical public health measures' to prevent coronavirus spread

ASHGABAT, July 16 -- The World Health Organization says it is "concerned" about reports of pneumonia in Turkmenistan, the only Central Asia nation that has not officially registered any coronavirus ca... Read More


Switzerland, UNFPA donate personal protective equipment for Kyrgyzstan health workers

BISHKEK, July 16 -- On July 15, the Government of Switzerland in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Kyrgyzstan transferred personal protective equipment to the Ministry of ... Read More


Taiwan unveils 2021-2024 national development plan

TAIPEI, July 15 -- Taiwan's National Development Council on July 13 unveiled the 2021-2024 national development plan, charting a future path for Taiwan's economic growth and foreign relations, Taiwan ... Read More


Turkish investors consider production of lung ventilators in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN, July 15 -- Turkish investors are looking to establish the production of lung ventilators in Kazakhstan. The possibility of developing production of Biyovent ventilators by Biosys is being ... Read More


EU, French Development Agency support Uzbekistan in dealing with COVID-19 consequences

TASHKENT, July 15 -- The French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU) have approved the financing in the amount of 1.5 million euro to support immediate short term measures of the "Covi... Read More


Kazakhstan extends coronavirus restrictions to Aug 2

NUR-SULTAN, July 15 -- Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin on July 14 said that a second two-week coronavirus lockdown introduced on July 5 has been extended until August 2. "Now it is the second w... Read More


Red Crescent warns of 'catastrophes' in Afghanistan due to COVID-19 pandemic

KABUL, July 15 -- The Red Crescent Society says Afghanistan faces "catastrophes" as growing coronavirus cases are pushing hospitals and health clinics in the war-ravaged country "to the limit," RFE/RL... Read More


Tajikistan: Court suspends activities of independent pollster

DUSHANBE, July 14 -- A court in Dushanbe has suspended the operations of one of the few remaining independent pollsters in Tajikistan, the Zerkalo (Mirror) Center for Social Studies, RFE/RL's Tajik Se... Read More