Turkmenistan’s president ends welfare subsidies

FILE – In this Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov greets the media after casting his ballot at a polling station in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan’s president on Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017, has ordered an end to free natural gas, electricity and water, which residents of the ex-Soviet nation have enjoyed for a quarter century. (AP Photo/Alexander Vershinin, File)

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