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Archeological dig in remote Turkmenistan reveals rare advanced civilization and Bronze Age treasures

Over four millennia ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilisation before it was buried for centuries under the dust of the Kara Kum desert in remote western Turkmenistan. After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists in the last century, Gonur-Tepe, once home to thousands of…

No Twitter revolt for Central Asia’s closed regimes

MOSCOW – High fees, spying, and outright blockage — Central Asia’s regimes are not short of ways to control Internet blogs and social networks which have mobilised the recent protests in the Middle East. Strategies vary across the former Soviet republics of the region, whose regimes are largely authoritarian and…