UPDATE: Uzbekistan prepares to bury veteran leader Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan has started three days of mourning as it buries its president, Islam Karimov, who spent 27 years in power.

Thousands of Uzbeks lined up along Tashkent’s main thoroughfare at dawn on Saturday as Karimov’s funeral cortege made its way through the city.

Karimov, who died on Friday at the age of 78 after suffering a stroke, will be buried later in the day in his hometown of Samarkand, about 300 km (185 miles) southwest of the capital. More


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