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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.

Pro-Russian Social Democrats win Kyrgyzstan elections

Bichkek - The Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan, linked to pro-Moscow President Almazbek Atambayev, came out on top at Sunday's parliamentary election in the ex-Soviet state, with five other pro-Russian parties also winning seats.

Kyrgyzstan tears up cooperation accord with U.S.

Bichkek - Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday announced it was tearing up a long-running cooperation agreement with the United States after Washington awarded a rights prize to a jailed ethnic minority campaigner.

The monster speaks — Boston Marathon bomber says he's sorry

Boston - Surviving marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized to the people of Boston yesterday for his role in the 2013 attack that left four dead, hundreds maimed and shocked an entire nation.

Anti-gay bill clears key vote in Kyrgyzstan parliament

Bichkek - Lawmakers in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favour of a law activists say discriminates against homosexuals, in the crucial second of three mandatory readings of the bill.

Another friend of Boston Marathon bombers sentenced to prison

Boston - A friend of the Boston Marathon bombers who had dinner with them after the 2013 attack but failed to notify the FBI immediately was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison for misleading investigators.

Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan weighs legacy of revolution five years on

Bichkek - Kylychbek Beksariyev lost two friends to a bloody revolution he hoped would transform ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, but five years after the ouster of a reviled leader he says his Central Asian homeland remains mired in poverty and corruption.

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.
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