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Uzbek Government Maintains Karimov in 'Critical' Condition

Despite unconfirmed reports of his death, Uzbekistan maintains its president, Islam Karimov, is in critical condition, according to a brief government statement issued Friday. "Dear compatriots," the statement said, "it is with a very heavy heart that we inform you that the health of our President has sharply deteriorated in the past 24 hours, and that doctors judge it to have reached a critical state." Islam Karimov, 78, has ruled the Central Asian nation for more...

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