Central Asia

Turkmenistan enters potash market with $1.1 bn plant
Turkmenistan enters potash market with $1.1 bn plant

At full capacity, the plant will be able to produce 1.4 million tonnes of potash (potassium chloride) fertilizers annually, Turkmenistan's state news agency TDH reported.

Trial of fugitive banker Ablyazov begins in Kazakhstan
Trial of fugitive banker Ablyazov begins in Kazakhstan

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture advised France against the extradition, citing a serious risk of torture.

China launches 'all-out-offensive' against Uyghur minority
China launches 'all-out-offensive' against Uyghur minority
Protests as Kyrgyz opposition leader arrested
Protests as Kyrgyz opposition leader arrested
Chemical plant blast caused 'casualties', says Uzbekistan
Chemical plant blast caused 'casualties', says Uzbekistan
Debt-ridden Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout
Debt-ridden Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout

The loan is subject to approval by the IMF's executive board, which is expected to consider it in March.  

Turkmen president wins new term with nearly 98% of vote
Turkmen president wins new term with nearly 98% of vote

Central Electoral Commission chief Gulmyrat Myradov did not even mention the shares of the vote gained Sunday by the other candidates. 

Syria rebels, govt invited to talks next week: Kazakhstan
Syria rebels, govt invited to talks next week: Kazakhstan