UPDATED: One Tajikistan border guard killed in clashes with Kyrgyzstan – RIA

UPDATED: One Tajikistan border guard killed in clashes with Kyrgyzstan – RIA

Sept 14 (Reuters) - One Tajikistan border guard was killed and two wounded in clashes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan overnight, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing the Tajikistan border force. The clash, which took place on the eve of a regional security body meeting and against the background of fighting between Russia and Ukraine as well as Azerbaijan and Armenia, started after Kyrgyz border guards accused the Tajiks of taking positions at part of the border that has not been demarcated. While recent years have seen frequent skirmishes along the border, the latest incident follows fighting on Tuesday between…
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Detained Afghan pilots preparing to fly out of Tajikistan on U.S.-brokered flight

Detained Afghan pilots preparing to fly out of Tajikistan on U.S.-brokered flight

More than 150 U.S.-trained Afghan pilots and other personnel, held in neighboring Tajikistan for nearly three months since escaping with their planes as the Taliban seized their country, were preparing to depart on Tuesday on a flight arranged by the U.S. government, two of the pilots and others close to them said. The Afghans had spent a full day waiting at the airport in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, for a flight that appeared to have been delayed. They were hoping it would not be canceled and they would depart before the end of the day. "We hope to go out soon," one of…
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Around 500 Russian troops in drills near Afghanistan

Around 500 Russian troops in drills near Afghanistan

Around 500 Russian motorised infantry troops are carrying out drills in the mountains of Tajikistan against the backdrop of instability in neighbouring Afghanistan, Russia's defence ministry was quoted as saying on Monday. All servicemen involved in the exercise come from the Russian military base in Tajikistan, the Interfax news agency quoted the Central Military District command as saying. The current set of drills is the third one carried out by Russia close to the Afghan border this month. Next month, a Russia-led security bloc will hold another exercise in Kyrgyzstan which hosts a Russian military airbase. File photo of Russian…
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Tajikistan earthquake kills five

Tajikistan earthquake kills five

An earthquake in Tajikistan killed five people, the Tajik emergency situations committee said, with the epicentre of the quake 165 kilometres northeast of the capital city of Dushanbe. The quake of magnitude 5.9 struck 27 km (17 miles) east of Rasht in Tajikistan, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. It was at a depth of 40 km and was also about 153 km south east of Khujand, Tajikistan, according to the EMSC.
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Strong earthquake strikes Tajikistan, tremors felt in India, Pakistan

Strong earthquake strikes Tajikistan, tremors felt in India, Pakistan

 A strong earthquake struck Tajikistan on Friday and the tremors were felt as far away as north India and Pakistan, witnesses said. Many residents ran out of their homes, but no major damage was reported. The U.S Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.9 and centred 35 km (55 miles) west of Murghob in Tajikistan, central Asia. The Tajikistan Emergency Situations Ministry said the epicentre was 420 km (260 miles) east of the Tajik capital Dushanbe near the border with China. The seismic service of the country's Academy of Sciences told Russia's RIA Novosti that the quake's intensity was…
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Tajik leader Rakhmon secures re-election

Tajik leader Rakhmon secures re-election

Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmon has been re-elected for a fifth term with 90.92% of vote, preliminary data shows, the Central Asian nation's central election commission said on Monday. Russian-allied Rakhmon, 68, has run the Persian-speaking nation of 9.5 million people since 1992 and was widely expected to secure a seven-year term in office in the absence of strong domestic opposition.
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