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  • proper n. A landlocked area of continental Asia comprising Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In the USSR and the modern Russia the area is called Middle Asia (Средняя Азия).
  • proper n. A larger area also including Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tibet, western China, Afghanistan and parts of Siberia, Iran and Pakistan.


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  • Egypt's finance minister, Samir Radwan, and the deputy director of the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department, Ratna Sahay, at a news conference announced a 1.5% interest rate on the one-year loan, which is to be paid in full within five years.

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  • When you fly over the icy peaks of the Hindu Kush, which march in serried ranks toward the Himalayas, dividing Central Asia from the Indian subcontinent, you get a sense of the scale of the problem: Osama bin Laden is hiding somewhere out there.

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  • The history of European Catholic missions in Persia dates from the time of the Mongolian rule, in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, when several embassies of Dominicans and Franciscans were sent by the popes to the Mongol rules both in Central Asia and in

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  • In 1998 he travelled to Central Asia with some Oxford colleagues in search of the ur-apple.


  • Note: This relationship, according to M. Klaproth, is fabulous, and invented by the Mahometan writers, who, from religious zeal, endeavored to connect the traditions of the nomads of Central Asia with those of the Old Testament, as preserved in the Koran.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Taurus from the secluded and unimportant Province Pamphylia, into the important Province Galatia — the province which embodied all that was Roman in Central Asia Minor, the province in which the Roman element was involved in the sharpest antagonism to the rude ignorance of an Oriental, priest-guided, ritual-loving native population — and planted their feet on the great highway of intercourse between the East and the West.

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  • The Heaven-high hills are the T'ien Shan Mountains, which run across the Northern part of Central Asia and in places attain a height of 20,000 feet.

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  • Sotus Ecobius discovered in Central Asia a whole nation of people who hibernate.

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  • Rice was traveling in Central Asia and Russia, but I kept her informed through Steve Beecroft, who relayed that she was very comfortable with my approach and believed that “we should do the right thing even if we’re alone.”

    Surrender is not an Option


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