Turkmenistan leader reveals golden monument to favourite dog breed

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    Turkmenistan’s leader, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, solemnly inaugurated a monument for his favourite breed of dog, the nationally revered alabai. The gold-leaf six-metre statue of the central Asian shepherd dog is the centrepiece of a busy roundabout in the country’s capital, Ashgabat. Turkmenistan leader unveils giant gold statue of local dog

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    In This Story: Turkmenistan

    Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert. It’s known for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road. Ashgabat, the capital, was rebuilt in Soviet style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honoring former president Saparmurat Niyazov.

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