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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ukraine's leader speaks to 'fake' Kyrgyz president

Kiev - Ukrainian president spoke to what he thought was his Kyrgyz counterpart by phone this week -- only to discover that the person on the other end was someone else entirely.

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.

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.

Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games

In a melee of hooves and hands, a scrum of horseriders on the plains of Central Asia wrestle to get control of the ball -- or in this case the carcass of a freshly-slaughtered goat.

Turkey warns Kazakhstan over Gulen-linked schools

Astana - Turkey's ambassador to Kazakhstan on Friday warned the Central Asian country over its schools linked to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government blames for this month's coup attempt.

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.
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