Kerry offers support , friendship, to Central Asia nations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, arrives for a meeting with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the Oguzkhan Presidential Palace in Ashgabat Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan’s rituals range from the bizarre to the brutal. The Central Asian nation has more marble buildings than anywhere and recently erected a seven-story, golden statue of its president on horseback, while human rights groups say it employs electric shocks, rape and forced intake of psychotropic drugs as torture techniques.

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