Articles by Burt Herman



'Mr. Toilet' Building a Dream House

  • 13 November 07
  • The Associated Press
He's known as South Korea's ""Mr. Toilet"" for his campaigns as a politician to beautify public restrooms. Now, Sim Jae-duck is taking the lavatory life to a new level -- and moving into a toilet.

Condom Experts to Come Up with New Standards

  • 15 October 07
  • The Associated Press
As the world's top condom experts convene this week to update international standards, one U.S. entrepreneur has a simple message: Size matters.

Korean Leaders Hold 2nd-Ever Summit

  • 03 October 07
  • The Associated Press
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il welcomed South Korea's president to Pyongyang on Tuesday, displaying scant enthusiasm at the start of the second-ever summit between the divided Koreas.

N. Korea Claims Nuclear Blast

  • 10 October 06
  • The Associated Press
North Korea faced united global condemnation and calls for harsh sanctions Monday after it announced it had detonated an atomic weapon in an underground test that thrust the secretive communist state into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations.

Little Light Shed on Andijan One Year On

  • 12 May 06
  • The Associated Press
There is no memorial marking what happened in the center of this Uzbek city, where activists say hundreds of residents were gunned down without warning by government forces a year ago.

Khabarovsk Has 10 Days of Water

  • 02 December 05
  • The Associated Press
The fear eastern city of Khabarovsk, in the path of a huge toxic spill from a Chinese plant explosion, has enough drinking water reserves to last more than 10 days, Deputy Mayor Andrei Vologzhanin said Thursday.

Restaurant Serves Up Propaganda

  • 27 September 05
  • The Associated Press
There are plenty of noodles and kimchi at the Pyongyang Restaurant -- along with a helping of North Korean propaganda on the side.

North Korea Agrees to Halt Nuclear Program

  • 20 September 05
  • The Associated Press
In six-party talks, the country agrees to stop building nuclear weapons in exchange for economic aid.

Generals Insist Exercises Not a Threat

  • 19 August 05
  • The Associated Press
Russia and China kicked off their first-ever joint military exercises Thursday as top commanders from both countries issued repeated assurances that the war games were not intended as a threat to anyone.

Military Set for First War Games With China

  • 18 August 05
  • The Associated Press
Navy ships and long-range bombers headed to a Chinese peninsula on Wednesday for the first-ever joint military exercises between Russia and China, staging a mock intervention to stabilize an imaginary country riven by ethnic strife.

U.S.-Trained Forces Present in Crackdown

  • 31 May 05
  • The Associated Press
The black-masked guard behind the gate of the regional police office sauntered over with his Kalashnikov projecting the embodiment of force, but his just-visible brown eyes softened when he fondly remembered his time training in the United States.

Questions Linger Over Bodies

  • 26 May 05
  • The Associated Press
Khamid Urinbayev didn't recognize the bloated corpse of his youngest son after it lay for three days at the morgue.

Uzbek Protesters Seek Release of Rebel Leader

  • 23 May 05
  • The Associated Press
Several hundred residents of Korasuv, an Uzbek town of 20,000 on the border with Kyrgyzstan, demanded over the weekend that Uzbek authorities release a leader whose Islamic rebellion there defied the government.

Diplomats Tour Andijan, Rebel Vows to Fight

  • 19 May 05
  • The Associated Press
Diplomats and UN officials toured the eastern city of Andijan under government escort Wednesday to investigate widely differing accounts of recent bloodshed, as a rebel leader deepened the crisis in eastern Uzbekistan by announcing an Islamic uprising in his border town.

Opposition Counts 745 Deaths

  • 18 May 05
  • The Associated Press
An opposition leader said Tuesday that her party had compiled a list of 745 people allegedly killed by government troops in Uzbekistan, the highest estimate so far, and that many were shot in the back of the head.

Beslan Soldiers Borrowed Bullets

  • 13 September 04
  • The Associated Press
Soldiers fled as shooting broke out in the spasm of violence that ended the Beslan school siege, and unprepared special forces were forced to borrow bullets from armed locals.

Boy in Siege Tape Recounts Ordeal

  • 10 September 04
  • The Associated Press
In a terrifying videotape of last week's school hostage-taking, Georgy Farniyev, 10, sat near a bomb, his hands behind his head and his face a mask of misery.

Row After Row of Freshly Dug Graves

  • 06 September 04
  • The Associated Press
Funeral processions snaked through Beslan as relatives buried the first victims of the school siege in rows of freshly dug graves Sunday.

Uzbek Worries About Jailed Sons

  • 04 August 04
  • The Associated Press
Two of Qasym Yusupov's sons are dead and two are on trial, jailed after a wave of violence earlier this year allegedly carried out by the same group behind last week's suicide bombings targeting the U.S. and Israeli embassies.

Trial of Uzbek Militants Delayed

  • 03 August 04
  • The Associated Press
The trial of alleged al-Qaida-tied militants accused in a wave of violence in March and April was adjourned Monday, during the first court proceedings since Islamic militants were blamed for new suicide attacks last week on the U.S. and Israeli embassies.

Ashgabat Relaxes Religion Rules

  • 02 August 04
  • The Associated Press
Pastor Pavel Fedotov was in church leading services when the bulldozers and wrecking balls showed up. Over the next week, they razed his house of worship as part of the authoritarian Turkmen government's crackdown on minority religions.

U.S., Israeli Embassies Attacked in Tashkent

  • 02 August 04
  • The Associated Press
Suicide bombers struck the U.S. and Israeli embassies along with the top prosecutor's office, killing three Uzbeks and wounding nine others in nearly simultaneous attacks Friday in the capital of Uzbekistan.

Kerry Supporters Hold Tashkent Fundraiser

  • 26 July 04
  • The Associated Press
Seeking to ""Kerry Tashkent,"" dozens of expatriates and locals gathered in the Uzbek capital on Saturday for a fundraising party to support Senator John Kerry in this year's U.S. presidential election.

Officially, Ashgabat Has No Drug Users

  • 01 July 04
  • The Associated Press
Kristina tapped the veins on top of her right foot and plunged in a syringe filled with cloudy fluid, slowly pressing the stopper down to deliver her dose of heroin.

Tajiks Worry About Their Border

  • 30 June 04
  • The Associated Press
Lieutenant Colonel Mahmudjon Mahmudov repelled raiders while the Soviet-Afghan war raged next door in the 1980s. He protected the rugged frontier with Afghanistan in the '90s during the tumultuous five years of his country's own civil war.

Shanghai 6 Promise Afghans Support

  • 18 June 04
  • The Associated Press
The presidents of Russia, China and four Central Asian nations fortified their security alliance Thursday, inaugurating an anti-terrorism center and promising to support Afghanistan in bolstering its stability.

Silk Road Spice Girl Has Gabriel's Ear

  • 01 June 04
  • The Associated Press
Her eyebrow is fashionably pierced, and she was a member of Uzbekistan's answer to the Spice Girls.

Story of Suspected Uzbek Suicide Bomber

  • 27 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Smiling and waving a V-sign in family photos, Dilnoza Khalmuradova appears the very image of prosperity propagated in posters across the Uzbek capital: an energetic child rushing between activities, learning English and studying to be a police officer.

Uzbeks Force Closure of Soros Foundation

  • 20 April 04
  • The Associated Press
The Uzbek government labeled George Soros' foundation as ""undesirable"" Monday, a day after the philanthropist slammed human rights abuses in Uzbekistan and said new registration rules were forcing his group's office here to close.

Tashkent Shows Off Explosives

  • 05 April 04
  • The Associated Press
The alleged terrorists behind former Soviet Central Asia's first-ever suicide bombings were trained outside Uzbekistan and controlled by a single criminal group, the country's top prosecutor said Friday, displaying suicide vests and homemade explosives he said were part of a planned terror campaign.