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Thousands of residents in the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan region in eastern Tajikistan were trapped Thursday for a third consecutive day without any connection to the outside world, government officials, aid workers and witnesses told CNN.

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2 new parties enter Kazakhstan parliamentupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 05:11:00

At least two new parties will enter Kazakhstan's parliament, where the ruling party holds every seat.

Kazakhstan to investigate police role in protest deathsupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 09:07:00

Prosecutors are investigating police actions during a protest earlier this month in which at least 16 people died, the Office of the General Prosecutor in Kazakhstan said Thursday.

Kazakh unrest sparks questions over stabilityupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 13:21:00

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev fired his son-in-law Tuesday from a government job, state media reported, 10 days after violent unrest broke out in the Central Asian country.

Clinton discusses human rights, regional security in Tajikistanupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 22:18:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanked Tajikistan's president Saturday for his country's support of efforts to defeat al-Qaeda and bring security to neighboring Afghanistan.

New York cancels fashion show for Uzbek leader's daughterupdated: Sat Sep 10 2011 11:49:00

A New York Fashion Week show by the daughter of an Uzbek leader criticised over his human rights record has been cancelled.

Agreement could help adoptions for the 'Kyrgyz 65'updated: Fri Jun 17 2011 13:50:00

Although the volatile politics of Kyrgyzstan rarely garner headlines in the U.S., more than five dozen American families are keeping close tabs on developments here. Each wants to adopt a young orphan from this small republic in Central Asia. For three years now, they've watched from places like Atlanta, Georgia, and Stockton, California, as Kyrgyzstan has undergone a violent revolution, a deadly outbreak of ethnic conflict, and a rocky transition to democracy.

Kyrgyzstan president recalls uprisingupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 14:27:00

As the "Arab Spring" revolutions dominate the news, Kyrgyzstan is marking the one-year anniversary of another uprising. That one overthrew the authoritarian regime of President Kurmanbek Bakiev, who resigned last April.

WikiLeaks: 'Rude' British royal was blunt in session with U.S. officialupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 07:11:00

Among the thousands of diplomatic documents obtained by WikiLeaks, there is talk of Iranian missiles, German politicians and a myriad of other issues, including one cable about a British prince -- and his views on geography teachers, the French, journalists and Russian influence in central Asia.

WikiLeaks: Kazakh elite enjoy drinking, dining, music of Elton Johnupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 20:17:00

"Kazakhstan's political elites appear to enjoy typical hobbies -- such as travel, horseback riding and skiing. Not surprisingly, however, they are able to indulge their hobbies on a grand scale."

Fallout over latest WikiLeaks releaseupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 20:17:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the latest release from WikiLeaks which contained secret U.S. files.

Clinton arrives in Asia amid WikiLeaks commotionupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 14:56:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed Tuesday in Astana, Kazakhstan, to begin a four-day trip abroad as the publication of classified U.S. State Department cables by the WikiLeaks site makes headlines around the world.

Clinton responds to WikiLeaks documentsupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 14:56:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States deeply regrets disclosure of secret information.

Report: Four alleged separatists killed in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 16:33:00

Four alleged separatists were killed in a "special operation" Monday in Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan, according to a report from the Kyrgyz Ministry of Internal Affairs, carried by news agency 24.kg.

Kyrgyzstan poll results show close raceupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 02:40:00

Nationalists held a narrow lead in Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary elections, the country's election commission said Monday.

Kyrgyzstan holds elections after turbulent yearupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 01:58:00

Polls closed Sunday in the poor but strategically important Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan as citizens turned out to elect a new parliament, after a year that has seen the president flee the country and ethnic riots that left hundreds dead.

Report: Kyrgyz authorities allowed ethnic violence to continueupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 20:36:00

Law enforcement authorities in Kyrgyzstan failed to respond adequately to deadly violence that erupted in the southern part of the country in June, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Monday.

Ousted Kyrgyzstan leader speaksupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 09:20:00

Kurmanbek Bakiev, exiled president of Kyrgyzstan, talks with CNN's Matthew Chance about ethnic violence there.

Otunbayeva inaugurated as Kyrgyz presidentupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 07:30:00

Roza Otunbayeva was inaugurated as president of Kyrgyzstan on Saturday, becoming the first female head of state in central Asia, state media reported.

Ousted Kyrgyzstan president calls Sunday referendum illegitimateupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 08:46:00

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Monday that Sunday's referendum establishing a new constitution was illegitimate. He vehemently denied accusations that he was behind recent violence that killed scores of ethnic Uzbeks.

Kyrgyzstan observers say vote peacefulupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 12:15:00

International observers hailed the vote in Kyrgyzstan as peaceful on Monday, a day after citizens overwhelmingly approved a new constitution in a nationwide referendum.

On eve of election in Kyrgyzstan, Otunbayeva arrives in Oshupdated: Sat Jun 26 2010 17:34:00

The head of the Kyrgyz interim government has arrived in the troubled southern city of Osh to participate in Sunday's referendum on the constitution, a government official said Saturday.

Front lines of Kyrgyzstan crisisupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 21:00:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reports on continuing violence in Kyrgyzstan and difficulties along the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border.

Refugees implicate Kyrgyz security forces in ethnic violenceupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 16:47:00

Refugees fleeing Kyrgyzstan's spasms of violence are accusing the central Asian nation's security forces of carrying out some of the deadly attacks.

U.S. and Russia can end the sufferingupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 14:07:00

The United States operates an air base in Kyrgyzstan. The keystone of the Pentagon's Northern Distribution Network, it keeps essential matériel moving into Afghanistan for NATO troops, notwithstanding steady disruption on the roads out of Pakistan.

Kyrgyzstan investigating whether troops involved in ethnic violenceupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 05:34:00

Kyrgyzstan will investigate allegations that government troops were involved in ethnic violence, an official said Sunday.

Acting Kyrgyz president says death toll probably much higherupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 21:37:00

The acting president of Kyrgyzstan said when it comes to the recent ethnic clashes in her country, she would multiply the official death toll by 10, according to the Russian news website Kommersant.

CNN crosses into Kyrgyzstanupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 21:37:00

CNN's Matthew Chance crosses the border into southern Kyrgyzstan, to see the plight of displaced ethnic Uzbeks.

Clinton: Allegations about Kyrgyz violence must be 'taken seriously'updated: Fri Jun 18 2010 16:28:00

The situation in Kyrgystan is much more complex than initial reports indicate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday, and allegations that violence in that Central Asian country has been instigated "have to be taken seriously."

Flow of refugees fleeing Kyrgyzstan slows down, but crisis remainsupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 06:08:00

The flow of refugees fleeing southern Kyrgyzstan has gone from a flood to a trickle, the Uzbekistan Foreign Ministry said.

Kyrgyzstan devastated by violenceupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 06:08:00

CNN's Nic Robertson surveys the turmoil in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan.

Explainer: Kyrgyzstan's ethnic unrestupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 05:56:00

The recent outbreak of ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan threatens to further destabilize the central Asian country two months after President Kurmanbek Bakiev was toppled in an uprising.

Kyrgyzstan up closeupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 05:56:00

Nic Robertson learns first hand how the conflict in Kyrgyzstan affects Kyrgyzs, Uzbecks and Russians in Osh.

More aid arrives for those fleeing Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 15:41:00

The first U.N. aid plane arrived Wednesday in Uzbekistan to help the thousands of people who have fled ethnic clashes in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, officials with a U.N. Refugee agency said Wednesday.

Uzbekistan closes border with Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 07:25:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports from a refugee camp on the Uzbekistan side of the border with Kyrgyzstan.

Concern over refugees grows as calm falls on Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 07:25:00

Life in this embattled country's second-largest city appeared calm Tuesday even as concerns over the plight of refugees grew.

Ousted Kyrgyz president says he will not returnupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 15:20:00

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Monday that he had no intention of returning to power and hopes to remain in Belarus, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

Armed ethnic clashes rage in Kyrgyzstan; thousands fleeupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 13:04:00

Tens of thousands of Uzbeks are fleeing ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan amid what one aid official described Sunday as a "humanitarian catastrophe," according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

What next for Kyrgyzstan?updated: Mon Jun 14 2010 06:01:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman sits down with the Kyrgyzstan's interim leader to talk about the future of her country.

Kyrgyzstan's new leader tackles challenging jobupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 06:01:00

The nice thing about people new to power is they haven't yet learned the pretensions of state. When we arrived at the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry to interview Roza Otunbayeva, the chairwoman of the interim government, no one checked our identities, there were no metal detectors, and no one frisked us or checked our equipment.

Tensions high after days of ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 01:40:00

Tensions remained high in Kyrgyzstan early Sunday after two days of ethnic clashes left dozens of people dead and more than 1,000 others injured since fighting broke out Thursday night, state media reported.

45 killed in Kyrgyzstan ethnic clashesupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 13:18:00

At least 45 people are dead and more than 632 have suffered various injuries in the latest violence in the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz officials said Friday.

U.S. will no longer use Kyrgyz base to refuel tankersupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 14:32:00

The U.S. military will no longer refuel its tankers at Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan, after the central Asian nation demanded to renegotiate its contract.

Report: Exotic animals in Bakiev homeupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 22:29:00

A pair of bear cubs and snow leopards were among several exotic animals that investigators found during a search of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev's family home, state media said.

Back to normal in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 22:22:00

The U.S. is eager to show that things are back to normal at a transit center in Kyrgyzstan. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

Ousted Kyrgyz president says he is country's leaderupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 22:22:00

The ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Wednesday he still considers himself the country's president, even though he was forced to resign, according to news reports from Minsk, Belarus.

Kyrgyzstan to seek ousted president's extraditionupdated: Tue Apr 20 2010 13:03:00

Kyrgyzstan's interim government has said it will demand the extradition of the country's ousted president from Belarus once the investigation into the bloody massacre of April 7 is completed.

Ousted Kyrgyz president quits, leaves countryupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 07:42:00

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev left the country and resigned Thursday after negotiations among the government, the president, and international states and agencies.

Kyrgyzstan's new chance for democracyupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 00:01:00

In 2005, Askar Akayev, the then-President of Kyrgyzstan, was deposed and fled from the capital, Bishkek, to Moscow to save his life and the millions of dollars he allegedly stole from the country during his presidency

Kyrgyz president accused of looting state's coffersupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 18:56:00

The chief of staff of the interim Kyrgyz government, which took over after President Kurmanbek Bakiev fled the capital, accused the president Friday of stealing the country's money when he left.

Looters burn market in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 18:56:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman is on the ground in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where looters left one shop a burned shell.

Picturesque, troubled Kyrgyzstan vital for U.S. interestsupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 10:47:00

Before this week, most Americans had likely never heard of Kyrgyzstan and even fewer could place it on a map.

Friends fear for 'gentle' man sent to Uzbek labor campupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 18:34:00

The e-mail arrived from Uzbekistan on February 26. It was titled "Bad News."

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