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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.

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.

Kyrgyzstan detains Briton over 'horse penis' slur

Bichkek - A Briton working at a foreign-owned gold mine in Kyrgyzstan has been detained and faces up to five years in jail for comparing a local delicacy to a horse penis, authorities said Sunday.

Two killed in Kyrgyzstan 'anti-terror operation'

Bichkek - Security services in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan said Friday they had killed two members of what they claim was the cell of an international terror group during a nightime raid in the capital Bishkek.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.
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