Uzbekistan signs key CIS free-trade protocol

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Uzbekistan's president signed off on a protocol for a free-trade agreement with Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States members, his office said.
Activists call for Nike to cut ties to Daewoo

Activists call for Nike to cut ties to Daewoo

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, April 17 (UPI) -- Human rights activists from Uzbekistan Wednesday posted a letter online that calls for Nike to sever ties with material supplier Daewoo International.

ISAF kills prominent IMU leader

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A joint military operation in Kunduz province in Afghanistan killed an IMU leader.

Exiles: Uzbek imam's shooting political

STROMSUND, Sweden, May 31 (UPI) -- Uzbeks living in Sweden say they believe the February shooting of a well-known Islamic cleric there was a political act perpetrated by the Tashkent regime.
Clinton continues Asian travels

Clinton continues Asian travels

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's travels in Asia include visits to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the State Department said Friday.
Dictator's kid books Fashion Week show

Dictator's kid books Fashion Week show

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Human-rights groups are condemning the decision to allow Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, to show her clothing line in New York.
India wants better Asian energy ties

India wants better Asian energy ties

NEW DELHI, May 19 (UPI) -- New Delhi said during meetings with Uzbek officials it could join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a full member in order to advance energy security.

EU pressed on talks with Uzbekistan

BRUSSELS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- European leaders weren't tough enough when they pressed the president of Uzbekistan on human rights issue, Human Rights Watch alleges.

Probe Kyrgyz violence, Uzbek leader says

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The United Nations is called on to aid an independent investigation into ethnic violence in June in southern Kyrgyzstan, the Uzbek president said.

Uzbek Afghanistan proposal relevant and timely

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- As Washington and NATO grapple with Afghanistan's insurgency in the wake of rising tension and the recent presidential election debacle, policymakers should reconsider the options set forward by Uzbek President Islam Karimov during last April's NATO summit in Bucharest to expand the United Nations' "6 plus 2" working group on Afghanistan to include the alliance in its deliberations to resolve Afghanistan's problems.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI Outside View Commentator

Ashgabat invites Uzbek leader to pipeline

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited his counterpart in Uzbekistan to attend the inauguration of a transnational gas pipeline to China.

China seeks more ties with Uzbekistan

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, June 29 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, seeking wider ties with resource-rich Uzbekistan, says bilateral trade with the Central Asian nation is growing rapidly.

Uzbekistan halves Tajik gas supplies

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, June 17 (UPI) -- Uzbekistan cut natural gas supplies to Tajikistan over a failure to pay its $17.5 million in debt, executives in Tajikistan said.

Uzbekistan pledges gas to Gazprom

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Uzbekistan is prepared to sell 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to Russia in 2009, President Islam Karimov said during a meeting with Russian officials.

Russia scores Uzbek natural gas

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- During Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to Tashkent, he and Uzbek President Islam Karimov signed a series of agreements to sell Uzbek natural gas to Russia and upgrade two Soviet-era natural gas pipelines. The agreements represent yet another Western and American setback to securing Caspian and Central Asian energy resources for export to the West.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Chinese president greets world leaders

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao greeted foreign leaders in separate meetings on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Analysis: U.K. firm to audit Turkmen gas

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- Since the death in December 2005 of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, Western energy firms have longingly eyed Turkmenistan's vast natural gas reserves, which even during the Soviet era were estimated at 10 trillion to 14 trillion cubic meters, exceeded only by those of the Russian Federation. Among the potential suitors for Ashgabat's favor, no firms were more ardent than U.S. companies. Alas, once again for Washington, the groom has been left at the altar.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

China in Tibet

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Tibet is no aberration; the world's worst human-rights offenders all find a friend in China.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Analysis: Uzbeks, S. Korea eye natural gas

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- While Russia's Gazprom dominates Central Asian natural gas exports through its pipeline monopoly, the leaders of the "stans" are unhappy about the arrangement, as Gazprom buys cheap and sells dear to European consumers.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: Petronas makes Uzbek strides

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- In the mad Western dash for Central Asian energy resources, investors initially focused on Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. Following the death of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov in December 2006, Western energy firms fell over themselves courting Turkmenistan's new president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Ten years before Niyazov's death, however, Malaysia's Petronas won Turkmenistan's first offshore drilling agreement and began prospecting in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Uzbek-U.S. relations warming

MOSCOW, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The recent visit by Adm. William Fallon, commander of U.S. Central Command, to Tashkent may signal a warming in U.S.-Uzbek relations.
SANOBAR SHERMATOVA, UPI Outside View Commentator

Analysis: Eye on Uzbek energy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A challenge has emerged from Uzbekistan to Transneft's "take it or leave it" policy, with potentially enormous implications for Gazprom's decade-and-a-half monopoly.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Nabucco cut by Caspian line

MOSCOW, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The last few months of 2007 were good for Russia, which has been fighting this year to affirm its leadership in the hydrocarbons market. And it may have spelled the end for the Nabucco pipeline, which Europe has wanted as a way to bypass reliance on Moscow.
IGOR TOMBERG, UPI Outside View Commentator

UPI Energy Watch

Uzbekistan, Korea to hold energy talks; Gazprom Neft to increase number of board members; China's LNG capacity grows
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, UPI Energy Correspondent

Uzbeks welcome Russian relations talks

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The president of Uzbekistan met with the Russian prime minister to discuss “bilateral cooperation” Friday.
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