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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.

Kyrgyz lawyer wins UN prize for battling statelessness

Geneva - A human rights lawyer who fought to end the "phantom" status of stateless people in Kyrgyzstan was on Wednesday named the winner of the UN refugee agency's prestigious Nansen Award.

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.

Finland duped into paying aid money into wrong account

Apo - Finnish police said Thursday they were on the hunt for fraudsters who tricked the country's foreign ministry into paying about 400,000 euros ($453,500) of overseas aid money into a private bank account.

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.

Protest in Kyrgyzstan after bride kidnap murder

Bichkek - More than a thousand people including schoolchildren protested against bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday after a 20-year-old woman was murdered in a police station by her abductor.

Kyrgyz prime minister dismissed

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan on Thursday jettisoned its 29th prime minister in less than three decades of independence as new President Sooronbai Jeenbekov looks to cement control over the Central Asian country.

Erdogan presses Kyrgyzstan for action against Gulen group

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged Kyrgyzstan to take stronger action against the group blamed for a failed 2016 coup, as new President Sooronbai Jeenbekov visited Ankara in a bid to ease tense ties.

Kyrgyzstan marks national hat day under shadow of dog scandal

Bichkek - Topchubek Turgunaliyev, a wispy-bearded former presidential advisor, smiles gleefully as he runs a finger around the rim of his favourite high-crowned "ak-kalpak" hat, which has a special place in Kyrgyzstan society.

Afghanistan's Kyrgyz trapped on the 'roof of the world'

Tarin Kowt - For centuries, the nomadic Kyrgyz people travelled freely across Central and South Asia, fording rivers and cutting across snow-capped mountains with their herds of livestock.

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.
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