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Kazakh leader to host OSCE summit

ASTANA | Kazakhstan’s long-serving strongman, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, announced Thursday that the Central Asian nation would hold a summit of OSCE heads of state and government in December.

Foreign ministers from the 56 nations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) agreed to hold the summit in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on Dec. 1 and 2, Mr. Nazarbayev said in a declaration published on his website.


Kyrgyz leader says coup attempt foiled

BISHKEK | Kyrgyz forces arrested an opposition party leader on suspicion of plotting the overthrow of the government on Thursday, after troops fired blank rounds into a crowd trying to join mass demonstrations near parliament.

Acting President Roza Otunbayeva said security forces seized firearms and grenades from Urmat Baryktabasov and 26 supporters after a day of protests in the capital of the Central Asian state, which plans to hold parliamentary elections in October.

Ms. Otunbayeva’s interim government has struggled to impose its authority since an uprising in April toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Savage ethnic fighting followed in June, killing more than 350 people over several days and burning thousands of homes.


Indian forces kill 1, wound 15 in Kashmir

SRINAGAR | Government forces fired live ammunition to stop a protest march in Indian-held Kashmir on Thursday, killing one person and wounding at least 15, pushing the death toll from two months of civil unrest to 49.

India’s portion of the divided Himalayan region has been racked by weeks of clashes between rock-throwing Kashmiri protesters who have set official buildings and vehicles ablaze, and paramilitary police using guns and tear gas in an effort to contain the large anti-India crowds.

From wire dispatches and staff reports