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Saudi Arabia officially bans child marriages

After years of discussions, Saudi Arabia finally announced that it has banned child marriages, making 18 the minimum age for weddings. Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Walid Al-Samaani …

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The Economist’s names Uzbekistan country of the year

Uzbekistan has won the 'country of the year' award from The Economist. The edition annually awards the states achieving the biggest progress in democracy. The Economist said after dismissal of the State Security Service …

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Five people killed by landslide in Tashkent metro

Five people were killed by a landslide in the open section of a construction site of Yunusabad metro line in Tashkent, Uzbekistan's Emergency Department said. The accident took place on December 18at about 10 a.m local time. …

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Iranian women attend first football match in 40 years

Iranian women watched the country’s national football team for the first time in 40 years, celebrating their long-awaited access to the national stadium. About 3,500 women have attended the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification …

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Central heating launched in Nur-Sultan

The central heating was provided to social facilities in the capital city of Kazakhstan, mayor of Nur-Sultan Altai Kuginov said. According to him, schools, kindergartens, hospitals have been connected to central heating …

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Chechnya helps refugees from Myanmar

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, published today on his VKontakte page the preliminary results of humanitarian aid to Muslim refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh. “The humanitarian mission of the Regional Public Fund named …

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Kazakhstan reduses use of plastic bags

Kazakhstan's retail chains will no longer provide plastic bags to consumers for free, the country's Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, Magzum Mirzagaliev said. The agency signed a relevant memorandum with the …

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Tire warehouse burns in Almaty

A major fire in a tire warehouse occurred in Almaty, the city department of emergency situations reports. The incident took place on Yrysty Street, near Ryskulov Avenue. A metal container with tires for recycling and vulcanization was …

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Infantino calls Iran to allow women into stadiums

Fifa president Gianni Infantino says Iran must start allowing women into football stadiums. Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men's teams have been playing since just after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, BBC reports. But …

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Minibus carrying migrants crashes in Agri

At least two people were killed and 30 others injured today when a bus carrying irregular migrants overturned in Turkey's eastern province of Ağrı, security sources said. The minibus was traveling on a road connecting Ağrı to Van …

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Tokayev announces democratic reforms in Kazakhstan

Political transformations in Kazakhstan will take into account the state's interests, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told parliament in an annual address on Monday. The president criticised the central …

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Tokayev visits Karaganda region

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his working trip to Karaganda region visited the new children’s hospital, Akorda press service reported. The new healthcare facility is designed for 300 …

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Five-meter shark caught in Turkey’s Canakkale

Local fishermen caught a five-meter sixgill shark in the Strait of the Dardanelles off the coast of Turkey’s Canakkale province, according to TRT Haber. Reportedly, fishermen for several hours could not pull the net on board. The …

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Saudi Arabia eases travel restrictions on women

Saudi Arabia has begun allowing adult women to travel without permission and to exercise more control over family matters. The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and …

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