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Uzbek President Karimov Has Died

Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov has died, Reuters reported Friday afternoon. Diplomatic sources, including Turkish Prime Minister Binali Tildirim, confirmed the death, but the Uzbek government has so far declined to comment. A statement earlier Friday from a spokesman said his health had deteriorated. Karimov was 78 years old and had reportedly suffered a stoke. He left no clear successor to his post, which he has held since 1989, according to the news agency.