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    Swiss authorities have opened a money laundering investigation into the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan's authoritarian president, Islam Karimov, related to the country's telecommunications market, Switzerland's attorney general's office said Wednesday.

  • Iran players celebrate after beating South Korea during the Asian zone Group A qualifying soccer match for the 2014 World Cup in Ulsan, South Korea Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Iran won 1-0. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Do-hun)

    World Cup 2014: Iran, South Korea, Australia qualify for Brazil

    Australia beat Iraq 1-0 in Sydney. Iran won 1-0 at Ulsan, South Korea, and finished first in its group. South Korea secured second place on goal difference after finishing even on points with Uzbekistan, which won 5-1 at home against Qatar.

  • Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said he is still torn on what to do with some of the enemy combatants in the war on terrorism captured overseas the U.S. holds. His father, Ron Paul, advocates closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. (Associated Press)

    PAUL: Security precautions for immigration reform

    I condemn government inefficiency and incompetence often. The targets for criticism are endless. In the repeating patterns from these refugee and visa cases, however, we see potentially dangerous scenarios in which we cannot afford any excuses.

  • TeliaSonera denies charges of Uzbekistan bribery

    The Nordic telecommunications company TeliaSonera on Tuesday refuted allegations that two of its employees engaged in bribery and money laundering while launching operations in Uzbekistan several years ago, despite fresh evidence from prosecutors.

  • **FILE** Ethnic Uzbeks walk on Uzbekistan territory on June 18, 2010, after crossing the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border near the southern city of Osh as Uzbek border guards look on. (Associated Press)

    Uzbekistan's gas shortage sparks calls for reform

    A repeat of last year's gasoline shortage in Uzbekistan is prompting calls for investment in and modernization of the Central Asian nation's oil industry.

  • **FILE** Russian President Vladimir Putin walks prior to a Sept. 26, 2012, ceremony of receiving credentials in Moscow's Kremlin. (Associated Press)

    Kyrgyzstan risks regional water fight, as Russia waits in the wings

    A new fight over water is looming between Kyrgyzstan and its energy-rich Central Asian neighbors — and analysts say the likely winner could be Russia.

  • **FILE** Uzbek President Islam Karimov (Associated Press)

    Uzbeks bristle under regime's Web scrutiny

    In Uzbekistan, information is so tightly controlled that the government is ranked among the world's worst offenders of Internet freedom.

  • Uzbek government breaks promise to end child labor in cotton fields

    Uzbekistan's prime minister pledged last month to end child labor in the country's cotton fields. But as the harvest season gets under way, human rights activists say children as young as 13 are being put to work under grueling conditions, despite extreme measures to recruit adult labor.

  • Radwanska's sister makes 2nd round at Tashkent

    Urszula Radwanska of Poland, younger sister of No. 3-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, capitalized on her opponent's wayward serve Monday to reach the second round of the Tashkent Open.

  • **FILE** Ethnic Uzbeks walk on Uzbekistan territory on June 18, 2010, after crossing the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border near the southern city of Osh as Uzbek border guards look on. (Associated Press)

    Uzbek theater thriving in dangerous arena

    Branded by human rights groups as one of the world's most repressive regimes, Uzbekistan is perhaps the last place one would expect an experimental theater company to thrive. Yet Tashkent's Ilkholm theater has been going strong for nearly 30 years, and continues to deal with controversial themes such as sexuality and government repression.

  • U.S. cozies up to Uzbekistan for Afghanistan role

    The bloodiest massacre of protesters since Tiananmen Square turned Uzbekistan into a pariah state. Now, the United States needs its help with Afghanistan and has launched a flurry of overtures while putting aside concerns over human rights.

  • World Briefs: Bombings, shootings kill 22 around Iraq

    Bombings and shootings around Iraq killed 22 people and wounded more than 50 on Thursday, authorities said, as a spike in violence made June Iraq's bloodiest month in almost a half a year.

  • Uzbek strongman's pledge of privatization draws doubts

    Uzbekistan's announcement that it will privatize key state-owned assets has evoked skepticism about the former Soviet republic's commitment to economic reform.

  • Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchange documents June 4, 2012, after their talks in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Putin and Karimov signed the Declaration of Enhanced Strategic Partnership between the two countries and the Memorandum of Understanding at their talks in Tashkent. (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

    Uzbek privatization plans cast doubt

    Uzbekistan's announcement that it will privatize key state-owned assets has evoked skepticism about the former Soviet republic's commitment to economic reform.

  • Fight over gas and water kindles Tajik-Uzbek rivalry

    Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are rankling Central Asia with a dispute over gas and water that highlights the longtime distrust and rivalry between the two former Soviet republics.

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