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Turkmenistan's gas-fuelled GDP rises 9.4 percent in January-June

ASHGABAT (Reuters) - The economy of Turkmenistan, Central Asia's largest producer of natural gas, grew 9.4 percent in the first six months of 2013 compared to an 11.1 percent rise in the year-ago period, state media quoted the nation's president as saying on Saturday.Full story

Turkmenistan's leader gets tossed from horse

  The President of Turkmenistan fell off his horse just after he crossed the finish line in a race on Sunday. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

West ramps up accusations of systemic repression in Turkmenistan

GENEVA (Reuters) - Western states on Monday ratcheted up accusations against Turkmenistan that it allows torture and crushes free speech but Asian and Islamic states came to the defense of the natural gas-rich republic in the main U.N. human rights forum. Full story

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A portrait of Turkmen President Berdymukhamedov is seen during the opening ceremony of a hotel in  western Turkmenistan
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