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The country is very vulnerable to earthquakes and is in need of preventive measures to decrease the effect of these on the population.1

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ESPN FC 
Marcelo Lippi has selected a core of players from Guangzhou Evergrande for his China squad. New Werder Bremen signing Zhang Yuning is once again the only non-domestic based player to be named in Marcello Lippi's China national team squad for the ... See more..
Human Rights Watch 
Erkin Musaev was a former Uzbek government official and UN staffer who arrested and imprisoned in 2006 on politically-motivated charges of espionage, ... See more..
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty 
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev has signed a decree that will enable citizens to travel abroad from the state without permission as of January 1, 2019. See more..
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Belarus News (BelTA) 
MINSK, 18 August (BelTA) – Minsk played host to the Belarus-Uzbekistan ministerial consultations on international legal matters on 17-18 August, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The Belarusian ... See more..
ABC News 
A Moscow appeals court has temporarily blocked the deportation of a gay journalist to Uzbekistan, where rights groups had warned he could face imprisonment and torture. The imminent expulsion of the journalist, Khudoberdy Nurmatov, to Uzbekistan, ... See more..
EurasiaNet 
Uzbekistan's presidential program on the development of tourism through to 2019 has again dangled the possibility that the visa regime could be eased for ... See more..
HuffPost 
Weeks three and four of the 2017 Mongol Rally are in the books. From Azerbaijan, across the Caspian Sea, into Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - here is a photo recap of the last two weeks! Watching the sun rise over Samarkand after climbing to the top of ... See more..
Sputnik International 
The top Uzbek diplomat will embark on a three-day visit to India next week to meet with top officials and attend a series of public events, the Uzbek Foreign ... See more..
CNN 
"We think that there is a threat to his health and life in Uzbekistan. He has been tortured and threatened there already. We know, sadly, of a few cases when people who have been extradited to Uzbekistan just went missing. No one knows whether they are ... See more..
Financial Times 
Uzbekistan said Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of the country's late dictator, was in custody and faced criminal charges for allegedly stealing about $1.6bn, in the first official confirmation of her status since she vanished from public view ... See more..
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Geography

Central Asia, north of Turkmenistan, south of Kazakhstan
Area

Total 447,400 sq km
Land 425,400 sq km
Water 22,000 sq km

Climate

mostly midlatitude desert, long, hot summers, mild winters; semiarid grassland in east
Natural Resources

natural gas, petroleum, coal, gold, uranium, silver, copper, lead and zinc, tungsten, molybdenum ;
Natural Hazards

NA
Current Environmental Issues

shrinkage of the Aral Sea has resulted in growing concentrations of chemical pesticides and natural salts; these substances are then blown from the increasingly exposed lake bed and contribute to desertification and respiratory health problems; water pollution from industrial wastes and the heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides is the cause of many human health disorders; increasing soil salination; soil contamination from buried nuclear processing and agricultural chemicals, including DDT

Demographics

Nationality
Uzbekistani
Population
28,661,637 (July 2013 est.)
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Uzbekistan is a dry, landlocked country; 11% of the land is intensely cultivated, in irrigated river valleys. More than 60% of the population lives in densely populated rural communities. Export of hydrocarbons, primarily natural gas, provided 18.5% of foreign exchange earnings in 2011 and 35.1% in the first nine months of 2012. Other major export earners include gold and cotton. Despite ongoing efforts to diversify crops, Uzbekistani agriculture remains largely centered around cotton, although production has dropped by 35% since 1991. Uzbekistan is now the world's fifth largest cotton exporter and sixth largest producer. The country is aggressively addressing international ...See More criticism for the use of child labor in its cotton harvest. Following independence in September 1991, the government sought to prop up its Soviet-style command economy with subsidies and tight controls on production and prices. While aware of the need to improve the investment climate, the government still sponsors measures that often increase, not decrease, its control over business decisions. A sharp increase in the inequality of income distribution has hurt the lower ranks of society since independence. In 2003, the government accepted Article VIII obligations under the IMF, providing for full currency convertibility. However, strict currency controls and tightening of borders have lessened the effects of convertibility and have also led to some shortages that have further stifled economic activity. The Central Bank often delays or restricts convertibility, especially for consumer goods. According to official statistics, Uzbekistan has posted GDP growth of over 8% per year for several years, driven primarily by state-led investments and a favorable export environment. Growth may slip in 2013 as a result of lower export prices due to the continuing European recession. In the past Uzbekistani authorities have accused US and other foreign companies operating in Uzbekistan of violating Uzbekistani tax laws and have frozen their assets, with several new expropriations in 2012. At the same time, the Uzbekistani Government has actively courted several major US and international corporations, offering attractive financing and tax advantages, and has landed a significant US investment in the automotive industry, including the opening of a powertrain manufacturing facility in Tashkent in November 2011. Uzbekistan has seen few effects from the global economic downturn, primarily due to its relative isolation from the global financial markets. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$106.4 billion (2012 est.); $98.54 billion (2011 est.); $90.98 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, vegetables, fruits, grain; livestock
Industries

textiles, food processing, machine building, metallurgy, mining, hydrocarbon extraction, chemicals