azattyq.org. China's Xi To Start Central Asia Tour - Chinese President Xi Jinping departs on September 3 for a 10-day foreign tour that will take in five countries and two major summits. Xi will visit Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia between September 3 and September 13. He will participate in the September 5-6 G20 summit in St. Petersburg and the September 13 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Bishkek.
vigilantcitizen.com. Gigantic Pentagram Found in Kazakhstan – Can Be Seen in Google Maps - A gigantic pentagram was found in Google Maps in an isolated region of Kazakhstan, West of the city of Lisakovsk (coordinates +52° 28′ 47.14″, +62° 11′ 8.38″). The circle’s circumference is over 1000 feet wide and contains a clearly defined, mathematically correct pentagram. The pentacle (a pentagram inside a circle) is used in ritualistic magic and the inverted pentagram is used in black magic.
globaltimes.cn. Central Asia not next on list for Arab Spring - After the political turbulence in West Asia and North Africa in 2010 that led to regime change, strategists have been wondering whether Central Asian countries will also be the victim of the domino effect. In some ways, the situation is similar. Muslims are the majority of the population, the leadership is entrenched, and social and economic development are bottlenecked.
theguardian.com. Bubonic plague outbreak feared in central Asia - Health officials fear an outbreak of bubonic plague in central Asia after a teenage boy died from the disease and three more were admitted to hospital in Kyrgyzstan. Temirbek Isakunov, a 15-year-old from a mountain village near the border with Kazakhstan, reportedly died from the disease last week after eating an infected barbecued marmot.
azattyq.org. Kazakh Prison Guards Jailed For Torturing Inmate To Death - More than a dozen prison guards and high-ranking prison officials in Kazakhstan have been convicted of torturing an inmate and sentenced to prison.