Impoverished Tajikistan faces even tougher times

April 5, 2015 10:01 AM

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ISTIKLOL, Tajikistan — Hundreds of men on horseback wearing Soviet tank helmets fought in the traditional sport of buzkashi at last month's festival of Navruz for a chance to win a cow, carpet, camel or a car.

Those are major prizes in this Central Asian republic once part of the Soviet Union and one of the world's poorest countries. The celebration to welcome the Persian new year offered only temporary relief from a looming economic crisis that exposes the vulnerability of this nation of 8 million people...

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