Central and Eastern Asia


    • Deal on Caspian Sea's legal status to be signed on Sunday

      Deal on Caspian Sea's legal status to be signed on Sunday

      The five countries which border the Caspian Sea will adopt a convention on its legal status on Sunday, a deal which has been under discussion for more than two decades, the Kremlin said in a statement on Friday. It said the convention would be signed in Kazakhstan during the Fifth Caspian Summit in Aktau where representatives of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia and Turkmenistan would be present.

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    • Japan pledges to cut plutonium stocks

      Japan pledges to cut plutonium stocks

      Japan pledged to reduce its controversial stocks of plutonium, the world’s biggest inventory of the highly toxic material held by a state without nuclear weapons, following pressure from the United States, China and other countries. The government did not outline by how much and when it will cut the stockpiles of plutonium it holds. Japan shut down most of the reactors that can use the material as fuel after the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

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    • Pakistan gripped by electoral chaos

      Pakistan gripped by electoral chaos

      Pakistan is gripped by electoral chaos on Thursday, as counting of votes was underway amid claims of rigging. The election on 25 July marked only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan's 71-year history, and came at a time when relations with on-off ally the US are volatile. The voting also was marred by a suicide bombing that killed 31 people near a polling station in Quetta, capital of the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

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