February 19, 1999 |
Uzbek police identified a married couple as suspects in a series of car bombings and appealed over state television for help in finding them. The explosions in this Central Asian nation killed 14 people, one of whom died Thursday, state television reported in Tashkent, the capital. More than 100 were injured. No one has claimed responsibility for the six car bombings. But Islamic militants have come under suspicion.
March 24, 1991 |
A Soviet airliner on a domestic flight skidded off a runway Saturday in Uzbekistan and smashed into concrete construction blocks, killing 31 people, the state news agency Tass said. The crash occurred as the Antonov-24 turboprop, carrying 52 passengers and four crew members, was landing in Tashkent, capital of the southern republic. The plane hit construction blocks being used for repairs at the airport, Tass reported. A state aviation commission is investigating the cause of the accident.
October 6, 1985 |
"You paid much to see our exotics, so don't complain. You are going to see our exotics." Our Intourist guide, Natasha, as dryly humorous as she was dutifully propagandistic, was making light of our aim to see Uzbekistan, the ancient region near Afghanistan and China's Xinjiang province and now the Uzbek Socialist Soviet Republic. Natasha, of course, was right. To us, Uzbekistan meant pure exotica.
May 12, 1992
Military issues weigh heavily on the proposed agenda for a meeting in Uzbekistan's capital Friday of the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the loose alliance of 11 of the 15 former Soviet republics forged late last year as a successor to the Soviet state.
June 30, 1994 |
Sometimes the Uzbekistan Restaurant seems less a restaurant than a movie about a restaurant, some New-Wave French flick set in a room with wild, onion-dome cutouts and minarets, Uzbeki hats on the walls, a dome of trompe-l'oeil sky overhead, "1001 Nights" murals and gleaming teapots: It's a sort of Disneyland-like essay on the joys of post-Soviet capitalism.
May 24, 1992 |
There are no world-class sports facilities in this Central Asian desert oasis, no modern airport, no lakes for yachting. Yet, Tashkent has launched an audacious bid to host the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of a broader campaign to improve life in one of the poorest corners of the former Soviet Union. "Of course it would be good for sports, we'll build lots of facilities.