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In Kyrgyz capital, 'anti-corruption cafe' feeds a movement

Bichkek - In a self-styled "anti-corruption cafe" in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, a barista dusts cinnamon over a stencil, leaving a familiar portrait staring out from the latte foam.

Top hat: UNESCO honours Kyrgyzstan's ak-kalpak

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan hoped for a fillip for its tourism on Tuesday after the distinctive headgear traditionally worn by its men, the ak-kalpak, won UNESCO intangible heritage status.

Ex-Kyrgyz diplomat arrested after car found near murder scene

Bichkek - A former Kyrgyz diplomat has been arrested after his car was found near the scene of a whistleblower's murder in Turkey, the country's security agency said on Thursday.

Rare protest in Kyrgyzstan after report claims massive graft

Bichkek - Hundreds of protesters held a rare demonstration in Kyrgyzstan on Monday sparked by a whistleblower's claims of massive official corruption.

Kyrgyz ex-leader a no-show at trial after summer of turmoil

Bichkek - Kyrgyz ex-president Almazbek Atambayev, who faces a litany of accusations including organising murder and civil unrest, failed to appear Friday at the opening of his trial, his lawyer said.

Detained Kyrgyzstan ex-president accused of coup plot

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's ex-president was plotting to overthrow the government before he was detained in raids on his compound last week, the country's security services alleged Tuesday.

Detained Kyrgyz ex-president was plotting coup: security chief

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's former president Almazbek Atambayev, who was detained in raids on his compound last week, was seeking to overthrow the government, the head of the country's security services said Tuesday."His intention was a state coup.

Kyrgyz court holds ex-president after raid

Bichkek - A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered the country's former president held in pretrial detention after he was seized from his compound in raids that left one person dead and plunged the country in crisis.

Kyrgyzstan in crisis after security operation fails to detain ex-leader

Bichkek - Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan was on the brink of a full-blown political crisis Thursday after a special forces operation to detain former president Almazbek Atambayev failed, leaving an officer dead and a police chief in critical condition.

Kyrgyz officer dies after security forces storm ex-president's home

Bichkek - A Kyrgyz officer was killed Wednesday when special forces stormed the compound of former president Almazbek Atambayev, as mounting tensions with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov threaten to spark a political crisis in the fragile Central Asian state.

Kyrgyzstan faces new crisis as ex-leader stripped of immunity

Bichkek - Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan voted Thursday to lift the immunity of a former president, paving the way for a prosecution that could provoke a political crisis in the fragile Central Asian state.

Kyrgyz ex-leader vows to 'stand to the end' as prosecution looms

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's former president pledged to "stand to the end" Wednesday as parliament prepared to lift his immunity, paving the way for prosecution and possible instability in the fragile Central Asian state.

Kyrgyzstan charges two anti-Putin protesters with hate crime

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan has charged two people with inciting inter-ethnic hatred after they protested a visit to the Central Asian country by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the couple's lawyer said Thursday.

Kyrgyzstan to decide on national hat's status

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan is gearing up to introduce legislation that would oblige its president to wear a national pointed hat on diplomatic trips following a national uproar.

Kyrgyzstan arrests 21 at anti-China rally

Bichkek - Police on Thursday arrested 21 protesters in the capital of the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan at a demonstration against the growing influence of China, the ex-Soviet country's neighbour.

Central Asians cry out over China's secret detention camps

Bichkek - Asyla Alymkulova fights back tears in her home in Kyrgyzstan as she recalls the first time she heard her husband was whisked away to one of the notorious internment camps in neighbouring China's troubled Xinjiang region.

Kyrgyz singer receives death threats over feminist video

Bichkek - A 19-year-old singer in Kyrgyzstan has filed a complaint with police after receiving death threats over a music video she released targeting gender discrimination in the ex-Soviet republic.

Erdogan warns Kyrgyzstan over Gulen threat

Bichkek - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan during a trip to the country that it risks instability if it fails to root out followers of his US-based nemesis Fethullah Gulen.

Kyrgyz student's killing fires critics of bride kidnapping

Sokuluk - Inside a nomadic yurt pitched next to her family home in northern Kyrgyzstan a young woman's female relatives sob loudly in a traditional ceremony marking 40 days since her death."She was my youngest daughter.

Second former PM charged over Kyrgyz power plant collapse

Bichkek - A former prime minister of Kyrgyzstan has been arrested and charged with corruption following a scandal that saw a power plant fail as temperatures plummeted in the ex-Soviet nation last winter.
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