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Kyrgyz opposition leader held for two months: govt

Bichkek - A court in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has jailed a prominent opposition leader for two months on corruption charges pending his trial, security services said Monday, after two days of protests in the fragile Central Asian country.

Protests as Kyrgyz opposition leader arrested

Bichkek - A veteran opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan was arrested on corruption charges Sunday, sparking nationwide protests as political tensions mount ahead of presidential elections in November.

Kyrgyzstan searches for more victims at plane crash site

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan was observing a national day of mourning on Tuesday as rescuers searched for more bodies in the wreckage of a cargo plane that crashed into a village outside the capital.

Kyrgyzstan says 32 dead after Turkish cargo plane hits village

Bichkek - A Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan's main airport on Monday, killing 32 people and destroying homes after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said.

At least 32 dead as cargo plane crash destroys Kyrgyzstan houses

Bichkek - A Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport Monday, killing 32 people and destroying homes after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said.

Kyrgyzstan votes in controversial constitutional referendum

Bichkek - Citizens in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan went to the polls on Sunday to vote on a raft of amendments to the constitution promoted by the country's leader, several of which have been slammed by rights groups.

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.
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