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Uzbek strongman Karimov still calls the tune

Bichkek - Uzbekistan's strongman leader Islam Karimov has kept a stranglehold on power in the Central Asian state for a quarter of a century, even at the expense of his own children.

Ahead of poll, aging Uzbek leader puts regime before family

Bichkek - Lambasted in the West over his human rights record, Uzbekistan's strongman Islam Karimov looks certain to extend his 25-year grip on power at a poll Sunday despite a bitter feud inside his own family.

Kyrgyzstan to vote on controversial anti-gay law

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan is set to vote on a controversial bill that would make it a crime punishable by up to six months in jail to present gay relationships in a positive way in the ex-Soviet state.

Over 1,000 protest against Charlie Hebdo in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek - More than 1,000 people in the Muslim Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan protested on Tuesday against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France.

Southern Kyrgyz school suspended because of snake infestation

Students are usually clever in figuring out ways to get out of going to class, but in a small village in southern Kyrgyzstan, mother nature may have helped out this time. Since the beginning of spring an onslaught of snakes has kept a high school closed.

United States moves out of key base in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek - The United States has finally decided that it has sunk enough money into trying to retain the Manas Transit Center air base in Kyrgyzstan after spending hundreds of millions in payoffs to the government to try to retain use of the facility.

Boy dies of plague in Kyrgyzstan

A 15-year-old boy has died in Kyrgyzstan of the bubonic plague. Officials say it is the first case in the country in 30 years.

Son of ousted Kyrgyz President sentenced to 25 years in absentia

Maksim Bakiyev, the son of ousted Kyrgyz President, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was sentenced to 25 years in absentia for signing agreements that prejudiced the country’s interests, by losing hundreds of millions of dollars.

Change and continuity the theme at SA Air Force Day Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF), generally recognised as the second oldest air force after the British Royal Air Force, turned 93 on February 1, 2013.

Kyrgyz President warns his country might become new Afghanistan

In his first visit in the West, Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev warned during a press conference with Angela Merkel in Berlin that his country might undergo turmoil similar to that in Afghanistan unless it consolidated its democratic reforms.

Op-Ed: Putin's Eurasian Union

In early October 2011, then Prime Minister Putin revealed Russia’s intention to create Eurasian Union, a new inter-governmental economic and political organization, based on the European Union (EU) integration model.

Op-Ed: For Queen and conservation, young Brit to tackle Everest

Sleaford - Every young person needs an adventure, and Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton has found his. He's aiming to become one of the youngest British climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, for conservation and the Queen.

Kyrgyz PM wins presidential vote, opponents vow to fight on

Bishkek - Former prime minister Almazbek Atambayev won more than 63 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election, a contest that appears to have avoided the violence some expected, despite allegations of irregularities and isolated incidents of violence.

Op-Ed: The Silk Track — China decides to build a new Silk Road to Europe

Beijing - China was doing major infrastructure projects when Europe was basically at hut stage. The Great Wall, the Grand Canal and other works are hallmarks of Chinese engineering. Now, the Silk Track- Rail and road freight to Europe.

Arab Uprisings, from Serbia

The April 6 Youth Movement, the Facebook group that caused so many major events against the regime of Hosni Mubarak lead the Egyptian revolution. It was formed in part from the Otpor! movement that caused the collapse of the Yugoslav 2000 regime in 2000.

Has the political situation in Kyrgyzstan improved?

Bishkek - It has been five months since political upheaval and violence engulfed the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. The opposition took power, Kurmanbek Bakiyev resigned and a new constitution was established. Has the situation improved?

Kyrgyz authorities assault Uzbek residents with rifles, two dead

Osh - Witnesses say that security forces of Kyrgyzstan's interim government went into a village in Uzbekistan and began to assault men and women with their rifle butts. The beatings left two people dead and more than twenty injured.

UN rights group calls for investigation by Kyrgyzstan government

Bishkek - The United Nations Council on Human Rights has called for the Kyrgyzstan interim government to investigate the violence that has caused more than 400,000 people to be internally displaced.

Hundreds of foreigners evacuated from violence-torn Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek - Since Kyrgyzstan's ethnic clashes last week, hundreds of foreigners have been evacuated from the Central Asian country, including those from China, Georgia, Pakistan, South Korea and Turkey.

Ethnic riots sweep Kyrgyzstan, 80 dead, over 1,000 wounded

Osh - Ethnic riots wracked southern Kyrgyzstan forcing thousands of Uzbeks to flee as their homes were torched by mobs of Kyrgyz men. The interim government begged Russia for troops to stop the violence, and the Kremlin offered humanitarian assistance.
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