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Turkmenistan bans alcohol ahead of flagship sporting event

Reclusive Turkmenistan has banned sales of alcohol until October to ensure "public order" ahead of a key sporting event the country is hosting next month, an official in the trade ministry told AFP Saturday. The ban is related to the hosting of the Asian Games in the second half of September, the official who requested anonymity explained in a telephone conversation. "The main goal of the ban is to ensure peace and public order in the country in connection with the strengthened regime introduced by law enforcement agencies from August 17," the source added.
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