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Taiwan not included in EU's 'safe' travel list

TAIPEI, July 1 -- Despite Taiwan's success in controlling the spread of the new coronavirus, it has not been included in the list of countries that will be exempted from the European Union's (EU) COVI... Read More


Uzbekistan: IFC provides $12.5 million for modernization of fertilizer plant

TASHKENT, July 1 -- The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $12.5 million long-term loan to JSC Indorama Kokand Fertilizers and Chemicals to finan... Read More


ADB $30 million grant to support labor migrants, youth and women in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, July 1 -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $30 million grant to Tajikistan to strengthen the skills of the country's youth, women, and labor migrants to improve their employab... Read More


HRW urges Kyrgyzstan president to veto controversial bills

BISHKEK, July 1 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov "to uphold fundamental rights" and veto laws recently approved by parliament that "violate the country's ... Read More


Central Asia: Spike in coronavirus cases prompts renewed restrictions

BISHKEK, July 1 -- Faced with a spike in coronavirus cases in Central Asia's most populous country, officials in Uzbekistan say they have reimposed measures in some areas, reversing course after slowl... Read More


Report exposes China's birth control policy on Uyghur women in Xinjiang

BISHKEK, June 30 -- China is forcing women to be sterilized or use contraceptive devices in an attempt to limit the population of Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minority groups in the western Xinjian... Read More


Singapore considers new infrastructure projects in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN, June 30 -- Kazakh Invest national investment promotion company in cooperation with the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Singapore continues negotiations with the Singaporean company Infrastructure... Read More


Kazakhstan: President orders new restrictions after surge in coronavirus cases

NUR-SULTAN, June 30 -- Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ordered the Kazakh government to outline a new package of coronavirus restrictions after a recent sharp rise in infections, RFE/RL... Read More


Kazakhstan to reduce the shadow economy to below 20% of GDP by 2025

NUR-SULTAN, June 30 -- Kazakhstan has set the goal of bringing the level of the shadow economy to below 20% of GDP by 2025. As a result of the measures taken, the share of the unobservable economy in ... Read More


Taiwan: Taipei named best leisure destination in Asia for 3rd straight year

TAIPEI, June 29 -- Taiwan's Taipei has won the "best leisure destination in Asia" Leisure Lifestyle Award hosted by Global Traveler magazine for the third consecutive year, the Los Angeles office of T... Read More