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Uzbek government reportedly says President Karimov has died

Uzbek government reportedly says President Karimov has died

Russian news agencies are citing the government of Uzbekistan as saying that President Islam Karimov has died, ending days of rumors about the condition of the 78-year-old hard-liner who led the Central Asian country with an iron hand since its independence.

Karimov was reported to have been hospitalized last week, and his daughter later said on social media that he had suffered a brain hemorrhage.

Russia's RIA-Novosti agency said the government announced the funeral would be Saturday in Samarkand, his birthplace. Further details of his death were not...

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