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Ashgabat (əshkhəbät`), formerly
Ashkhabad, city (1991 pop. 412,200), capital of Turkmenistan, near the border with Iran, on the Trans-Caspian RR. The city has textile, motion picture, and crafts industries. Ashgabat was founded in 1881 as a fortress. From 1919 to 1927 it was named Poltoratsk. An earthquake in 1948 virtually destroyed the city, which stands in a major fault zone. The southern section of the city has been extensively developed since the 1990s, with wide boulevards and monumental buildings, many them clad in white marble. The Turkmen Academy of Sciences is in Ashgabat.
the capital of Turkmenistan. Pop.: 598 000 (2005 est.)
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Summary: Defending champions Riyadi Beirut advanced their bid for yet another basketball gold with a sweeping 116-54 victory over minnows Belent Asgabat from Turkmenistan Monday.
BEIRUT: Defending champions Riyadi Beirut advanced their bid for yet another basketball gold with a sweeping 116-54 victory over minnows Belent Asgabat from Turkmenistan Monday on day one of the 23rd FIBA ASIA Champions Cup taking place in Beirut.
Unfortunately for Lebanon, this year's tournament will feature the lowest number of participants, as only five teams have confirmed their participation: Riyadi Beirut, Iran's Mahram, Iraq's Duhok, Turkmenistan's Belent Asgabat
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