Uzbek President Islam Karimov (pictured) has agreed to allow US non-military supplies to Afghanistan to transit through his country. The announcement comes after nearby Kyrgyzstan said it would close its US military base.
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Central Asia's most densely populated corner, between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan with no immediate casualties reported. A 5.7-magnitude aftershock happened in China.
Zico, a living legend in Brazilian football, is to be the new coach of Bunyodkor, leader of the Uzbek league. The 55-year-old tactician had been the coach of the Japanese team that were Asian champions in 2004.
Police in France, Germany and the Netherlands arrested a total of 10 people suspected of supporting an Islamic extremist network in Uzbekistan. A police source called the arrests a 'pre-emptive' measure.