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Kyrgyz President Backs Trans-Asia Railway Project

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev says his government is strongly supporting a project to build a trans-Asia railway to connect his country with China and Uzbekistan. The more than $2-billion rail line is planned to run from Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to Andijon in Uzbekistan, where it would link to the Uzbek rail […]

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US Defense Chief in Kyrgyzstan for Talks on Base

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Kyrgyzstan in an effort to persuade the country’s leaders to allow the U.S. military to continue to use an airbase there after its lease expires in 2014. The Manas facility is used by the U.S. military for moving troops and supplies in and out of Afghanistan. It also […]

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US Defense Chief in Kyrgyzstan for Talks on Base

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Kyrgyzstan in an effort to persuade the country’s leaders to allow the U.S. military to continue to use an airbase there after its lease expires in 2014. The Manas facility is used by the U.S. military for moving troops and supplies in and out of Afghanistan. It also […]

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1,000 Kyrgyz Inmates Sew Lips in Protest

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Prison officials in Kyrgyzstan say more than 1,000 inmates have sewn their mouths shut to protest living conditions in prison. Journalists who have been permitted into Detention Center Number 1, show images of prisoners with their mouths stitched with wire so that only liquid can come in. The prisoners have been protesting since January, when […]

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Kyrgyz Prisoners Sew Mouths Shut in Protest

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Kyrgyzstan say more than 400 inmates have sewn their lips shut to protest living conditions in prison. Authorities said Tuesday prisoners in at least two jails in the Central Asian country are taking part in the protest and are refusing to take food. Inmates in Kyrgyz prisons have staged uprisings and hunger strikes […]

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Kyrgyz President Calls Presence of US Military Base “Dangerous”

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev says it has become too dangerous to maintain a U.S. military base near his country’s civilian airport. Mr. Atambayev said Thursday that he told visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake that the annual lease payment of $150 million was not worth the risks involved with keeping an airfield at […]

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Atambayev Inaugurated as Kyrgyzstan’s President

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyzstan President-elect Almazbek Atambayev has been sworn into office in the capital, Bishkek. Mr. Atambayev’s inauguration marks the first peaceful transition of power in Kyrgyzstan since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Atambayev, a former Kyrgyz prime minister, won the presidency by capturing 62 percent of the vote in an October 30 election. Under the […]

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Kyrgyz PM Confirmed Winner of Presidential Election

Posted November 12th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Election officials in Kyrgyzstan have confirmed former Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev as the winner of last month’s presidential election. With nearly 63 percent of the vote, Mr. Atambayev won an outright majority, far ahead of his two nationalist rivals, former parliament speaker Adakhan Madumarov and former boxer Kamchibek Tashiyev, who each polled less than 15 […]

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Kyrgyzstan To Close US Airbase in 2014

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyzstan’s president-elect has told the United States that its Manas airbase has to close when its lease expires in mid-2014. Former Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev, who won Sunday’s presidential election with over 60-percent of the votes, said Kyrgyzstan would honor the current lease but has no intention of extending it. The United States has used […]

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Former PM Wins Presidency in Disputed Kyrgyzstan Election

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyzstan’s former prime minister, Almazbek Atambayev, is poised to become president after taking a commanding lead in the country’s first presidential election since last year’s bloody uprising ousted the government. With about 99 percent of the first-round votes counted, official results have the Moscow-backed Mr. Atambayev far ahead of 15 other candidates, with 63 percent […]

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