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The idea of using genetic testing to spot future world-class athletes has been bandied about for years. Now, Uzbekistan hopes to get a jump on the competition by testing children as young as 10 to determine their athletic potential.
SUZAK VILLAGE, Kyrgyzstan -- Mekhribbon has lived a mother's nightmare since she last spoke to her son by telephone during the summer.
She hadn't seen him since 2011, when he and five friends left their ethnic Uzbek village of Suzak in southern Kyrgyzstan for migrant work near Moscow.
Ramadan fasting in Tashkent was nearly over on the evening of July 10 when Lola Yunusova heard a loud knock on her front door.
Opening it, she was met by three children practicing a tradition found mostly only in Central Asia -- Ramadan caroling.
Russia's Gazprom says construction will begin this week on the underwater section of its South Stream pipeline, which will carry natural gas beneath the Black Sea and into the European Union.
But is this really the case?
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has concluded its two-day summit with a declaration of their principles.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, whose country holds the 2010 OSCE Chairmanship, called the declaration a "historic success."
There was no agreement, however, on an action plan on international conflicts and reforms.
Amir Mohammad is among a handful of tribal leaders to remain in Kandahar Province's Arghandab district since the Taliban sent threatening letters to elders during the summer.
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