164 People Killed in Kazakhstan Unrest

More than a hundred people died in Kazakhstan in the wake of violent riots that shook Central Asia’s largest country this week, media reported Sunday citing the Health Ministry. The energy-rich nation of 19 million people has been rocked by a week of upheaval with nearly 6,000 — including a number of foreigners — detained…

Turkmenistan Plans to Close Giant Burning Gas Pit

Turkmenistan’s strongman leader has ordered experts to find a way to finally extinguish a massive five-decade old fire in a giant natural gas crater in the Central Asian country, dubbed the “Gateway to Hell.” Citing environmental and economic concerns, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov appeared on state television Saturday telling officials to put out the flames at…