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Kyrgyzstan refuses $100 million Kazakhstan aid amid growing tensions

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev signed a parliamentary resolution on Thursday to refuse $100 million in aid from oil-rich neighbour Kazakhstan amid an escalating spat between the two Central Asian countries.

Central Asia's terror attackers were radicalised abroad

Bichkek - When Sayfullo Saipov used a truck to mow people down on a New York street, ultimately killing eight according to terror charges, he guaranteed his former homeland Uzbekistan would receive the worst kind of headlines.

Uzbekistan's links to global terror

Bichkek - A truck driver who mowed through a crowd and killed eight people in an "act of terror" in New York was 29-year-old Uzbek citizen Sayfullo Saipov, according to police sources and reports.

Outrage after Kyrgyzstan reburies its only ancient mummy

Bichkek - Scientists have called for Kyrgyzstan's only mummy to be immediately dug back up after the 1,500-year-old relic was taken from a museum and hastily reburied on the eve of a presidential election in a decision celebrated by self-professed psychics.

Kyrgyzstan drops Soviet-era holiday on eve of 1917 centenary

Bichkek - Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan is scrapping a holiday marking the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in favour of two national holidays that risk controversy with close ally Russia.

Kyrgyzstan eyes peaceful power transfer after vote

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's presidential challenger who lost a bitterly-fought election to former premier Sooronbai Jeenbekov, appeared Monday to accept the result, paving the way for an unprecedented peaceful transfer of power between two elected presidents.

Kyrgyz leader's ally to become fifth president

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's failed presidential challenger, who lost a bitterly-fought weekend election to Sooronbai Jeenbekov, on Monday appeared to accept the result without challenge, paving the way for the republic's first peaceful transfer of power.

Kyrgyz leader's chosen successor wins presidential vote

Bichkek - Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's chosen successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov won a presidential election on Sunday, defying predictions of a second round and instability in the Central Asian nation.

Kyrgyzstan votes in unpredictable presidential poll

Bichkek - Voters in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan head to the polls Sunday to choose their next president in an unpredictable election setting the Central Asian country apart from its deeply authoritarian neighbours.

Five things to know about Kyrgyzstan

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan holds a presidential election on Sunday in which the outcome is unusually open for an ex-Soviet Central Asian state.

Kyrgyzstan gears up for closely fought presidential poll

Bichkek - Voters in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan will go to the polls on Sunday to choose their next president in a toughly contested election setting the Central Asian country apart from its deeply authoritarian neighbours.

Kyrgyzstan vote to test stability of region's political oddball

Bichkek - Storming through a crowded bazaar in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, presidential candidate Toktayim Umetalieva is in her element, hugging babies and female traders.

Kyrgyz parliament backs new PM

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's parliament on Friday overwhelmingly backed the president's chief of staff as the next prime minister after the ex-Soviet country's premier Sooronbai Jeenbekov quit to stand in presidential polls next month.

Kyrgyz PM quits to run as president

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov announced his resignation on Monday, saying he planned to run for the presidency in a hotly contested poll in the ex-Soviet Central Asian country in October.

Kyrgyzstan hands opposition leader lengthy jail term

Bichkek - A court in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday handed a firebrand opposition leader a hefty jail sentence on kidnapping charges, an official said, a ruling likely to prevent him competing in upcoming elections.

Kyrgyz animations tackle bride kidnapping stigma

Bichkek - Sports journalist Gulzhan Turdubayeva still cries when she thinks about the day she was kidnapped, taken to the home of an unknown man and told she would marry him. "He was quite short.

24 dead as Kyrgyz landslide engulfs village homes

Bichkek - A landslide engulfed part of a village in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday, killing 24 people, including nine children, the emergencies ministry said.

Uzbekistan says Stockholm suspect had ties to IS

Bichkek - Uzbekistan said Friday the suspect in last week's deadly Stockholm truck attack had ties to Islamic State jihadists and the West had been warned about him.

Uzbekistan link to Stockholm 'terror attack'

Bichkek - Swedish authorities said Saturday that a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, who was known to the national intelligence agency, was the suspected driver of a truck that ploughed into a crowd in Stockholm on Friday, killing four people.

Central Asia link to metro attack poses problem for Russia

Bichkek - The deadly bombing of the metro in Russia's Saint Petersburg has shone a fresh spotlight on extremism coming from ex-Soviet Central Asia after authorities said the attacker was from the region.
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