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Uzbekistan strongman Islam Karimov dies at 78

Uzbekistan strongman Islam Karimov dies at 78

Uzbekistan`s President, Islam Karimov, did not designate a successor and analysts say the transition of power is likely to be decided behind closed doors.

Gunmen kill two policemen in Almaty, Kazakhstan

 "Gunmen killed two policemen in Kazakhstan`s financial capital Almaty on Monday", security sources and the Interior Ministry told Reuters, as the authorities said that they had launched an anti-terrorist operation.

Kazakhstan accuses protesters of trying to oust government

Oil-rich Kazakhstan on Friday accused organisers of anti-government rallies last week of trying to overthrow the Central Asian country`s government.

China media says Beijing can handle any problem for Winter Games

China media says Beijing can handle any problem for Winter Games

Chinese state-run media on Saturday lauded the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the city could handle any problem thrown at it and would aim to put on a "big party".

New electronic system fails in 2022 Winter Olympic Games vote

New electronic system fails in 2022 Winter Olympic Games vote

A new electronic voting system adopted by the International Olympic Committee to decide the host of the 2022 Winter Games failed on Friday, prompting a return to the tried and tested ballot paper, IOC President Thomas Bach said.

Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing 2022 Winter Games

Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing 2022 Winter Games

Human rights activists on Friday criticized the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the International Olympic Committee had sent the wrong message at a time of growing government pressure on activists and civil society.

Low-key celebration in Beijing for 2022 Winter Games win

Low-key celebration in Beijing for 2022 Winter Games win

Beijing celebrated its selection as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics in low-key fashion on Friday, in stark contrast to when the Chinese capital was awarded the 2008 Summer Games.

Kazakh PM hints at another Olympic run after narrow loss in 2022 Winter Games bid

Kazakh PM hints at another Olympic run after narrow loss in 2022 Winter Games bid

Almaty could consider another Olympic bid campaign after narrowly losing out to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Kazakhstan`s Prime Minister Karim Massimov hinted on Friday.

IOC in no mood for risks, opts for Beijing's sure bet

IOC in no mood for risks, opts for Beijing's sure bet

The choice of Beijing as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics over Kazakhstan`s Almaty was a solid vote for the tried and tested, and the financial and organisational security of China.

Beijing edges 2022 Winter Games vote to make Olympic history

Beijing edges 2022 Winter Games vote to make Olympic history

Beijing on Friday narrowly won an IOC vote for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games that secured its place in sporting history.

China`s Xi Jinping vows `fantastic` Winter Games

China`s Xi Jinping vows `fantastic` Winter Games

China`s President Xi Jinping on Friday vowed that Beijing would stage a "fantastic" event if it is chosen for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Almaty urges IOC to 'show faith' in developing nations

Almaty urges IOC to 'show faith' in developing nations

Organisers of Almaty`s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics made an impassioned plea to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday, urging members to resist the temptation of choosing their bigger rival Beijing.

Beijing, Almaty in final showdown for 2022 Games

Beijing, Almaty in final showdown for 2022 Games

Favourites Beijing and Almaty staged their final pleas to the International Olympic Committee on Friday, using political and sporting heavyweights to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing, Almaty make final pitch for for 2022 Winter Olympics votes

Beijing, Almaty make final pitch for for 2022 Winter Olympics votes

Beijing and Almaty made their final bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics with China`s basketball legend Yao Ming countering Kazakhstan`s prime minister in the battle to sway decision-makers ahead of Friday`s vote.

Almaty says not snowed under by issues facing Beijing

Almaty says not snowed under by issues facing Beijing

Organisers of Almaty`s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics fired a thinly veiled shot at Beijing`s proposed plans on Thursday, offering a sneak preview into their strategy to win selection ahead of the Chinese capital.

Activists aim to derail Beijing's bid for Winter Olympics

Activists aim to derail Beijing's bid for Winter Olympics

Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to derail Beijing`s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, hoping their protests and petitions can thwart what appears to be almost certain victory for the Chinese capital.

Beijing vs Almaty: Rival bids for 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing vs Almaty: Rival bids for 2022 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must choose on Friday between Almaty in Kazakhstan and the Chinese capital Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Here is how the two bids size up...

Expectant Almaty eyes 2022 Games bid win over Beijing

Expectant Almaty eyes 2022 Games bid win over Beijing

In energy-rich Kazakhstan starry-eyed excitement bumps up against cynical apprehension as residents of the bustling Central Asian hub Almaty prepare to find out on Friday whether their city can edge out Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing looks fair bet for 2022 Winter Games, despite lack of enthusiasm

Beijing looks fair bet for 2022 Winter Games, despite lack of enthusiasm

Poorly attended news conferences, a meager global social media footprint and lack of much obvious enthusiasm on the ground; Beijing looks like an improbable front-runner to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Almaty and Beijing unveil 2022 Winter Olympic bids

Kazakh city Almaty and Chinese capital Beijing on Tuesday officially presented their candidatures to host the 2022 Winter Olympics to the International Olympic Committee.