The 12th meeting of the "Central Asia plus Japan" dialogue was held in Dushanbe. It was attended by representatives of the Foreign Ministries of the republics, as well as experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Japan. The meetings in this format are aimed at strengthening the ties of Central Asian countries and Japan in trade, investment and cultural-humanitarian spheres, as well as expanding opportunities for cooperation. The dialogue "Central Asia plus Japan" was established in 2004 with the aim of developing cooperation, strengthening peace and stability in the region.

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About 100 Afghan students will be trained in Uzbekistan. An educational center was opened at the initiative of the President of the Republic. It is equipped with modern laboratories, information and resource center, and language laboratories. According to the National News Agency of Uzbekistan, Afghan students will receive a degree in Uzbek language and literature within two years. About seven million Uzbek people live in Afghanistan. The new center will train teachers for Afghan schools and kindergartens. It is planned to train qualified personnel in the field of railway transport, energy and other spheres in the future.

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The Telegraph published an article about the most and least religious countries. Tajikistan was named the most religious country in Central Asia, and Uzbekistan - the least. As the newspaper notes, the rating was based on survey data for 2008, 2009 and 2015. The respondents answered whether they feel religious or not. According to the surveys, the countries are located as follows: 85% of the population feels religious in Tajikistan, 80% - in Turkmenistan, 72% - in Kyrgyzstan, and 64% - in Kazakhstan. Only 51% of respondents called themselves religious in Uzbekistan.

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