Author: Sean Mcgee

The successful phasing-out of gas imports from Russia risks making Europe dependent on liquified natural gas (LNG) imports, according to a report published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) today (June 24). Between 2021 and 2022, LNG imports increased from 80 billion cubic meters (bcm) to 120 bcm — reflecting an increase from 22% to 34% of total gas imports including from Russia and pipeline — according to the ECA. By 2023, the largest LNG global exporters to the EU were Norway (30%), the US (19.4%) and North Africa (14.1%), Russia was still responsible for 6.1% of LNG imports alongside 8.7% via pipeline,…

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Warsaw, Berlin (25/3 – 80) A diverse group of Pamiri and Ismaili interest groups gathered to discuss the terror attack in Moscow. “We reject the notion this were Pamiris or Ismailis representing us”, said one of the spokespeople, who want to remain anonymous out of fear of persecution by the Tajik authorities. “They are Takfiris”, he said. Non-believers, apostates to the cause. The majlis (meeting) was called after Moscow was quick to blame Tajik immigrants for the terror attacks. Previous warnings were ignored by Moscow. “We as a Pamiri community do not belief in the use of violence against the…

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Daily Mail reported on February 29 that Republican Senator` Steve Daines is ominously warning about a growing network of terrorists entering the U.S. through the southern border that could be plotting an attack on American soil.     A top Grand Old Party (Grand Old Party, or GOP, is a nickname for the Republican Party) senator Steve Daines reportedly told reporters at a press conference on February 27 that a ‘high-level individual’ warned him that over 50,000 Central Asians crossed illegally into the United States last year. That same individual from Central Asia, Daines said, also expressed concern about a possible terror…

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Dushanbe 25/2 (35.71). The social networking activity of “influencer” Ismoil Mahmadzoir is causing a stir within the country’s political and security corridors. His grandfather President Emomali Rahmon is planning his succession, which has triggered quiet maneuvering within elite factions, including Mahmadzoir’s relatives. Nobody is clear about how becomes the next president of Tajikistan. The daughters jockeying for the top job besides the grandson.Video of a bland speech by Tajikistan’s long-time President Emomali Rahmon was posted late last month on Instagram by Buzkashi_1111, a handle created by Ismoil Mahmadzoir, the 25-year-old son of Firuza Emomali, one of the president’s daughters, who…

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Students will switch to distance learning in Astana, Almaty, Shymkent, Kostanay, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Semey, Petropavlovsk and Pavlodar due to worsening weather conditions, Kazinform reports with reference to city education departments. Students in grades 0-9 of the first shift in Astana and Almaty, students in grades 0-11 in Shymkent, students of grades 0-11 in the first shift in Kostanay were transferred to distance learning. Pupils from Lisakovsk and Arkalyk are also studying remotely. Grades 0-11 of the first and second shift in Ust-Kamenogorsk, students of grades 0-11 of the first shift and students of 1-2 years of colleges in Semey, students of grades 0-11 of…

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Kyrgyzstan’s Health Ministry reported on Tuesday that it has detected cases of Influenza A H3N2 in Osh city in the south of the Central Asian country. Laboratory test results showed several patients in the city were influenza A H3N2 positive, the Disease Prevention and State Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision Department of the ministry said. The disease is seasonal and is registered annually in the country, the ministry added. Laboratory results have detected acute respiratory viral infections in the country, including parainfluenza, bocavirus, respiratory syncytial virus, seasonal coronavirus, adenovirus and metapneumovirus, but the epidemiological situation in Bishkek is stable. Over the…

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Masdar and EDF have agreed with the Kyrgyz Republic to investigate the potential development of 3.6GW of hydropower and renewable energy projects. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at COP28 in Dubai, involving key representatives from the Kyrgyz Ministry of Energy, Masdar and EDF. Incorporating hydropower into its portfolio for the first time, Masdar aims to contribute to the Kyrgyz Republic’s existing clean energy capacity, which predominantly relies on hydropower plants. The Kyrgyz Republic is generating approximately 90% of its electricity from clean sources. Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, COP28 President and Masdar…

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Concrete Canvas, building material company from the UK, is considering the possibility of opening a factory in Kyrgyzstan in the near future, Trend reports. Concrete Canvas manufactures concrete fabric used in irrigation and hydraulic structures due to its high level of waterproofing. These construction materials are produced using innovative technologies and are exported to more than 100 countries worldwide. Recently, a meeting between the Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan and Head of the Presidential Administration, Akylbek Japarov, and director of Concrete Canvas Will Crawford was held in the city of Cardiff, where the sides discussed the matter.…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is ready to collaborate with Kyrgyzstan in digitization regarding the healthcare sector, Hans Kluge, Director of the WHO’s European Regional Office, said, Trend reports. He made these remarks during his meeting with Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov, as part of Kluge’s visit to Kyrgyzstan. Kluge highlighted the high significance of digitalization in advancing medical practices. He underscored that the WHO supports governmental and societal efforts aimed at improving the population’s health and well-being. He also commended on Kyrgyzstan’s plans within the Population Health Protection Program. Moreover, Kluge expressed satisfaction with the country’s leadership’s attention to the…

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov on Monday agreed to cooperate in maintaining and strengthening the free and open international order based on the rule of law. In their meeting in Tokyo, the two leaders also shared the view that actions based on principles of international law are necessary for peace and stability in Ukraine and the Middle East. The Kyrgyz Republic and other Central Asian countries “are increasingly becoming important geopolitically, and there is an urgent need to further strengthen cooperation,” Kishida told a joint news conference Zhaparov after the meeting. Kishida also said that Japan…

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