Devout Muslims claim crackdown in Tajikistan amid Syria fears

 Rustam Gulov was walking in Khudzhand, a city in Central Asia`s Tajikistan, when police detained him and took him to the station. By the time he came out, his beard had been shaved clean -- against his will. 

Vocal critic of Tajik president shot dead in Istanbul

 An outspoken critic of veteran Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmon has been shot dead by an unknown assailant on a street in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday.

Tajik opposition leader killed in Istanbul: Turkish media

An opposition leader from the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan was shot dead by an unknown gunman on a street in Istanbul late Thursday, Turkish media reported on Friday.

Tajik ruling party sweeps polls, opposition out

Tajikistan's ruling party looked set to win a hefty parliamentary majority while the main Islamic opposition cried foul after being shut out in weekend elections said by Western observers to have been marred by "significant" cheating.

Banned sect members arrested in Tajikistan

Eleven adherents of the Salafi religious movement - an outlawed extremist sect - have been arrested in Khujand, the capital of Sughd province in northwestern Tajikistan, the Sughd interior ministry`s office said Monday.

Thousands from ex-Soviet Central Asia `fighting for Islamic State`

Up to four thousand people from Muslim former Soviet Central Asian countries are believed to have joined Islamic State jihadists, a report published on Tuesday said.

Tajik president calls Islamic State group a modern `plague`

The president of Tajikistan on Saturday called the Islamic State group a modern "plague", expressing concern that several hundred young people had left the ex-Soviet republic to fight with jihadists in Syria.

Tajikistan arrests dozens suspected IS recruits

Tajikistan's prosecutors said today that nearly 50 young men from banned Islamist groups have been arrested on grounds they were preparing to join jihadists in Syria.

Two-year doping ban for Tajik defender Khurshed Beknazarov
Two-year doping ban for Tajik defender Khurshed Beknazarov

Tajikistan defender Khurshed Beknazarov was slapped with a two-year suspension for doping violations on Thursday after he tested positive during the Asian Games.

Tajikistan to pardon 10,000 prisoners

Tajikistan will pardon 10,000 prisoners as the ex-Soviet state marks two decades of its constitution, the presidency said Monday. 

Tajikistan to pardon 10,000 prisoners

Tajikistan will pardon 10,000 prisoners as the ex-Soviet state marks two decades of its constitution, the presidency said Monday. 

Asian Games: Yogeshwar Dutt ends India's 28-year gold drought in wrestling
Asian Games: Yogeshwar Dutt ends India's 28-year gold drought in wrestling

Yogeshwar Dutt ended a 28-year gold drought for India in wrestling after defeating Tajikistan's Zalimkhan Yusupov in a rip-roaring 65kg title contest to provide the country with its fourth yellow metal in the 17th Asian Games here on Sunday.

Troubled Palestine advance in Asiad soccer
Troubled Palestine advance in Asiad soccer

Palestine advanced to the second round of the Asian Games football Sunday, despite defeat to Singapore, and vowed to use their rise in the sport to spread some happiness at home.

China offers Russia `helping hand` in Xi, Putin talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Beijing and Moscow to offer each other a "helping hand" in the face of external challenges, at talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Tajikistan on Thursday, state media reported.

Putin, Iran's Rouhani to discuss trade, economic ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while they are in Tajikistan for a security summit to discuss trade and economic ties, a Kremlin official said on Wednesday.

Japan, Iran sign `partnership` deal

Asian champions Japan and rival Iran have struck a deal to cooperate in promoting football at home, with a focus on the women`s game, the Japan Football Association (JFA) announced Wednesday.

Ten detained for stoning British embassy in Tajikistan: Police

Police said the reason for the demonstration was unclear.

Army chief defers visit to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Amid preparations to brief the next government on the issues facing the Defence Ministry and the armed forces, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh has deferred his visit to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Afghanistan mudslide engulfs 300 while hundreds are feared dead, rescue called off

Rescue teams abandoned the search for survivors today after a landslide buried a hillside village in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 300 people under a fast-moving tide of rock and mud.

Five killed in Tajikistan mudslides

Mudslides have killed five people including three children in Tajikistan as torrential rains lashed the former Soviet republic, the emergency ministry said on Saturday.