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OSCE calls for release of journalist arrested in Turkmenistan

Bichkek - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday criticised authorities in repressive Turkmenistan following reports that an independent journalist was arrested for possessing chewing tobacco.

Uzbek interim leader scores landslide election win

Bichkek - Uzbekistan's interim leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev has won a crushing presidential election victory to succeed the late strongman Islam Karimov,official results showed Monday. The Central Election Commission said Mirziyoyev scooped 88.

Uzbekistan votes for second ever president

Bichkek - Uzbekistan voted Sunday to choose a successor to late strongman Islam Karimov, with long-serving premier Shavkat Mirziyoyev expected to score a comfortable victory against weak opponents.

Uzbekistan's longest-serving political prisoner freed: family friend

Bichkek - A Uzbek politician jailed over 20 years ago on embezzlement charges that supporters say stemmed from his opposition to the late strongman Islam Karimov has been freed, a family friend told AFP on Thursday.

Kyrgyzstan government resigns after coalition collapses

Bichkek - The government of Kyrgyzstan resigned Wednesday after the president's party quit the ruling coalition, sparking fears the Central Asian country could plunge into instability, the presidency said.

Kyrgyz leader moved to Moscow for treatment after heart trouble

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev has been transferred to Russia for treatment after suffering suspected heart trouble, his office said Friday, several days after he was reported hospitalised in Turkey.

Kyrgyz president taken ill with heart trouble

Bichkek - Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev was forced to abort a trip to the UN General Assembly after being taken ill with heart problems, his office said Monday.

Putin says leaked WADA documents raise 'lots of questions'

Bichkek - President Vladimir Putin said Friday that World Anti-Doping Agency documents leaked in a hack blamed on Russian cyberspies had raised "lots of questions" about medical exemptions that allow athletes to take banned substances.

Kyrgyzstan blames Chinese embassy attack on Uighur jihadists

Bichkek - Authorities in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday blamed Uighur jihadists in Syria for masterminding a suicide attack against the Chinese embassy in the Central Asian country.

Three hurt in suicide blast at China's Kyrgyzstan embassy

Bichkek - A van driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming through a gate at the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday, injuring three people, authorities said."As a result of the explosion, only the suicide bomber terrorist died.

Kyrgyz police chief dismissed after 'coup plot' arrests

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev on Monday dismissed the police chief of the Central Asian country after the arrests of politicians suspected of plotting a coup.

Kyrgyzstan arrests three politicians over 'coup plot'

Bichkek - Security services in Kyrgyzstan said Friday that they had arrested three politicians including a former minister on charges of plotting a coup, ahead of an anti-government rally later this month.

Dolphin circus sparks animal cruelty debate in Central Asia

Bichkek - Inside a travelling aquatic circus in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, whoops and cheers go up as a dolphin leaps out of a pool and slam-dunks a ball through a basketball net.

Kyrgyzstan expels Briton after 'horse penis' Facebook comment

Bichkek - A Briton working at a Canadian-owned gold mine in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has been expelled after comparing a local delicacy to a horse penis in a Facebook post, an interior ministry spokesman confirmed Monday.

Kyrgyzstan detains Briton over 'horse penis' slur

Bichkek - A Briton working at a foreign-owned gold mine in Kyrgyzstan has been detained and faces up to five years in jail for comparing a local delicacy to a horse penis, authorities said Sunday.

Two killed in Kyrgyzstan 'anti-terror operation'

Bichkek - Security services in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan said Friday they had killed two members of what they claim was the cell of an international terror group during a nightime raid in the capital Bishkek.

Stuck between past and present, Lenin lingers on in parts of ex-USSR

Bichkek - On a recent morning a small group of pensioners gathered round a monument to Communist leader Vladimir Lenin in a far-flung corner of the bygone empire he helped found.

Kyrgyzstan forms new ruling coalition after vote

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan on Monday announced the formation of a new four-party ruling coalition to be led by its current prime minister following toughly fought parliamentary elections last month.

Kerry does not rule out more US commandos in Syria

Bichkek - Secretary of State John Kerry refused Saturday to rule out more US commandos being sent to Syria beyond the 50 already assigned to the fight against the Islamic State group.

Kerry begins 'Stans tour in Kyrgyzstan

Bichkek - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday to kick off a tour of five of the "'Stans," the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
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