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Climate change is fueling the disappearance of the Aral Sea. It's taking residents' livelihoods, too

Feb. 07, 2024 23:04 PM EST

MUYNAK, Uzbekistan (AP) — Toxic dust storms, anti-government protests, the fall of the Soviet Union — for generations, none of it has deterred Nafisa Bayniyazova and her family from making a living growing melons, pumpkins and tomatoes on farms around the Aral Sea. Bayniyazova,...

Kazakhstan's president appoints a new prime minister to replace the one he dismissed

Feb. 06, 2024 07:14 AM EST

Kazakhstan's president appointed his chief of staff as the new prime minister Tuesday, the day after he dismissed the Central Asian country's government. A presidential decree announcing the Cabinet’s resignation Monday didn’t explain the reason for it. President Kassym-Jomart...

Kazakhstan's president dismisses his Cabinet

Feb. 05, 2024 09:40 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Kazakhstan on Monday fired his Cabinet after criticizing its performance. A decree released by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's office said he had accepted the resignation of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov. He named Smailov's...

Death toll in southwestern China landslide rises to 39, with 5 people still missing

Jan. 25, 2024 00:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a landslide in a remote, mountainous part of southwestern China rose to 39 on Thursday, while five people remained missing, Chinese state media reported. The disaster struck early Monday in the village of Liangshui in the northeastern part of...

Death toll in southwestern China landslide rises to 31 while more remain missing

Jan. 23, 2024 19:03 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities raised the confirmed death toll to 31 on Tuesday in a landslide in a remote, mountainous part of China's southwestern province of Yunnan, Chinese state media reported. The disaster struck just before 6 a.m. on Monday in the village of Liangshui in the...

'Very strong' 7.1 magnitude quake in western China kills 3 as officials cite sparse population there

Jan. 23, 2024 13:15 PM EST

UCHTURPAN, China (AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in a remote part of China’s western Xinjiang region killed at least three people and caused extensive damage in freezing weather, officials said Tuesday while suggesting that the area's sparse population contributed to the “very strong”...

Evacuation underway for stranded tourists after multiple avalanches trap 1,000 people in China

Jan. 16, 2024 07:12 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers evacuated tourists on Tuesday from a remote skiing area in northwestern China where dozens of avalanches triggered by heavy snow have trapped more than 1,000 people for a week, state media said. The avalanches have blocked roads, stranding both tourists and...

These men once relied on the Aral Sea. Today, the dry land is a reminder of lost livelihoods

Dec. 06, 2023 00:21 AM EST

MUYNAK, Uzbekistan (AP) — Brushing the dust from his hat and lying on the floor inside his home, Ali Shadilov recalls how he and other fishermen used to laugh at town elders who warned that the enormous sea they relied on was disappearing. “Everyone laughed and said that it...