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Crash landing injures 26 in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 15:57:00

At least 26 people were injured when a plane crash-landed at the airport in Osh, Kyrgyzstan Wednesday, the country's Health Ministry said, according to the Kyrgyz AKI-press news agency.

Bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 11:17:00

VICE travels to Kyrgyzstan to investigate the Central Asian tradition of bride kidnapping.

Bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 11:17:00

"We are breaking the law," says Madiev Tynchtyk, a member of local government in a small village outside of the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, "but here everyone understands this is a tradition and you can't change it." Madiev kidnapped his wife, Elmira more than 10 years ago. He is one of the many Kyrgyz men who have gotten married through the Central Asian practice of bride kidnapping.

Restoring the Silk Wayupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 05:03:00

Restoration works are underway in Azerbaijan repaving trade routes stretching across the globe thousands of years ago.

Discover the secrets of the Silk Road -- before everyone else doesupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 05:03:00

One of the greatest trading routes of all time, the ancient Silk Road is again enticing travelers back to its path.

Report: Quake in central Asia kills 13updated: Wed Jul 20 2011 11:23:00

A strong earthquake rattled Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan early Wednesday, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more, Uzbekistan's national news agency reported.

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.

Report: Suspected ringleader of Russia riots arrestedupdated: Sat Dec 18 2010 07:46:00

A man suspected of killing a migrant from Kyrgyzstan and leading recent riots that drew thousands in Moscow has been arrested, state media reported.

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.

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.

On the heels of ethnic violence, U.N. fears hunger in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 09:59:00

Concerned about rising food prices, a poor harvest and the onset of winter after violent ethnic conflict, the United Nations is ramping up food operations in Kyrgyzstan.

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.

Thousands remain displaced after Kyrgyz violenceupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 09:20:00

Around 75,000 people from Kyrgyzstan remain displaced a month after the eruption of ethnic violence in the country's south, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

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.

Kyrgyzstan approves new constitutionupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 15:41:00

Kyrgyzstan on Sunday approved a new constitution following a nationwide referendum, the state-run Kabar news agency reported.

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.

Kyrgystan's state media reports arrest of deposed president's nephewupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 15:16:00

The nephew of Kyrgyzstan's deposed president has been arrested by authorities, according to reports from state media.

Americans in Kyrgyzstan warned to keep low profile, suitcases packedupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 10:35:00

U.S. citizens in Kyrgyzstan have been advised to stay close to their homes and keep an emergency kit available during Sunday's constitutional referendum, according to a news release from the U.S. Embassy in the troubled nation.

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.

U.N.: More people returning home to southern Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 21:00:00

More displaced people have been returning to their homes in southern Kyrgyzstan, where violence earlier this month uprooted hundreds of thousands of people, the U.N. refugee agency said on Wednesday.

Analysis: Stalin's ethnic tinderbox alight in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 10:43:00

When Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva set a two-day limit to get barricades down in Osh, she was testing the limits of her power.

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."

Wars prompt disturbing rise in refugeesupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 08:14:00

In just the past week, another 100,000 people have joined the rolls of the world's refugees; they were forced to flee violence in Kyrgyzstan across the border into Uzbekistan.

Around 300,000 people displaced inside Kyrgyzstanupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 18:36:00

About 300,000 people are now estimated to be internally displaced in Kyrgyzstan by ethnic violence, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday, citing information from the Kyrgyz interim government and non-governmental organizations.

Victims recount horrors of ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 11:45:00

Lying on his hospital bed in Andijan, in eastern Uzbekistan, 65-year-old Khikmatullo Urunbayev, an ethnic Uzbek grandfather from Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan, had tears in his eyes as he lifted his arm for us to see.

Survivors of ethnic violence share talesupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 11:45:00

CNN's Matthew Chance has an exclusive look at the plight of refugees at a camp on the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan border.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Activity at US base in Kyrgyzstan 'unabated' Pentagon saysupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 12:58:00

A Pentagon spokesman said the refueling and troop transport operations at the U.S. transit base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, continue "unabated" by ethnic riots in the southern part of the 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.

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.

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.

37 killed in Kyrgyzstan clashesupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:16:00

At least 37 people were killed and more than 500 suffered various injuries as a result of the latest violence in the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan, a health official told CNN on Friday.

Earthquake hits border region of China, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistanupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 05:29:00

A moderate earthquake rattled far-western China on Thursday, near its border with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

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.

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.

Sources: Kyrgyz president willing to resign, with conditionsupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 10:14:00

The ousted Kyrgyz president is willing to resign if he and his relatives are allowed safe passage out of the country, according to sources in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Ousted Kyrgyz leader challenges governmentupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 00:50:00

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev, who hadn't appeared in public since last week's anti-government riots in the capital, is calling on his supporters to mobilize, a major Russian network reported.

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

Kyrgyzstan unrest impacts Afghanistanupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 23:41:00

The unrest in Kyrgyzstan can have a dramatic impact on U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan. CNN's Josh Levs explains.

1,300 U.S. troops stranded at airfield in Kyrgyzstan, military saysupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 23:41:00

About 1,300 U.S. troops have been stuck at the Manas airfield in Kyrgyzstan because of the civil unrest there.

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.

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.

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.

'FreeKG' becomes rally cryupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 23:57:00

CNN's Errol Barnett shows how deadly unrest in Kyrgyzstan is being viewed online and reports on eyewitness accounts.

Kyrgyz president says he won't resignupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 23:57:00

The Kyrgyz president said Thursday he would not resign despite the opposition's assertion that it had ousted the government following days of bloody civil unrest in the central Asian nation.

Iran arrests Sunni militant leaderupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 16:10:00

Iranian authorities have arrested the leader of a Sunni militant group blamed for dozens of attacks inside the country, state media said Tuesday.

Ice skating bear kills Russian circus handupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:18:00

A bear on ice skates attacked two people during rehearsals at a circus in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, killing one of them, Kyrgyz officials said Friday.

Football fan shot for 'singing too much'updated: Thu Jun 04 2009 14:54:00

A British football fan has been shot and wounded in Kyrgyzstan after a local became upset with a group of supporters chanting in a bar.

Closure of Afghan supply base beginsupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 14:23:00

Kyrgyzstan's president signed a bill Friday to close an air base that the U.S. military uses as a route for troops and supplies heading into Afghanistan, the president announced on his Web site.

U.S. base gets eviction noticeupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 14:23:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on why Kyrgyzstan wants to close a vital U.S. air base.

Kyrgyzstan parliament votes to close key U.S. baseupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 23:04:00

Kyrgyzstan parliament has voted to close a base the U.S. military uses as a route for troops and supplies heading into Afghanistan, a government spokesman said Thursday.

Reports: Kyrgyzstan to close key U.S. baseupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 05:35:00

The Kyrgyz government is planning to close a strategically important U.S. military base that Washington uses as a route for troops and supplies heading into Afghanistan, Russian media reported Tuesday.

Kyrgyzstan cites slaying, finances in closing of U.S. baseupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 17:29:00

Kyrgyzstan's government said Friday that financial concerns and the killing of a citizen are among the reasons the country will close a U.S. base that has been a key operations point for U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.

Clinton: Kyrgyzstan base closure decision 'regrettable'updated: Fri Feb 06 2009 08:17:00

Kyrgyzstan's decision to close a key U.S. military base is "regrettable," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, but it won't affect the U.S. military effort in nearby Afghanistan.

Post-Soviet nations to form military forceupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 20:10:00

A Russian-led bloc of post-Soviet nations has agreed to establish a rapid-reaction military force to combat terrorists and respond to regional emergencies, Russian media reported Wednesday.

Dozens dead in Kyrgyzstan quakeupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 09:35:00

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck southern Kyrgyzstan late Sunday night killing an estimated 70 people and destroying more than 120 buildings, the government reported Monday.

Time.com: Kyrgyzstan: Earthquake Kills at Least 60updated: Mon Oct 06 2008 06:00:00

A powerful earthquake struck the mountains of Central Asia, destroying a village in Kyrgyzstan and killing at least 60 people

Kyrgyzstan plane crash kills 65updated: Mon Aug 25 2008 08:30:00

An Iran-bound Boeing 737 with 90 people on board crashed Sunday just outside the airport in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, killing most passengers, a government official said.

Kyrgyzstan crashupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 08:30:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on a passenger jet crash near the main airport of Kyrgyzstan's capitol, Bishek.

Time.com: 71 Dead in Kyrgyzstan Jet Crashupdated: Sun Aug 24 2008 14:00:00

71 people are dead after a passenger plane bound for Iran crashed shortly after taking off Sunday

Military: Missing USAF woman found aliveupdated: Fri Sep 08 2006 18:38:00

A U.S. Air Force major missing since Tuesday in Kyrgyzstan has been found alive, the military said Saturday.

Air Force woman missing from Kyrgyzstan mallupdated: Wed Sep 06 2006 08:59:00

A U.S. Air Force officer is missing after a trip to a shopping mall in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, a U.S. military statement said Wednesday.

Rice to visit Pakistanupdated: Tue Oct 11 2005 23:51:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Kabul Wednesday, making Afghanistan the latest stop on her tour of Asia that has been expanded to include a stop in earthquake-damaged Pakistan.

Uzbek toll rises amid clash reportupdated: Sun May 15 2005 20:02:00

Eight Uzbek soldiers and three Islamic militants died in a clash near the Kyrgyz border Sunday and more than 500 Uzbeks fled to safety across the frontier, villagers said, according to The Associated Press.

Uzbek relatives search for bodiesupdated: Sun May 15 2005 05:43:00

Anguished relatives have been searching for bodies in the Uzbek city of Andijan, where hundreds were killed in a military crackdown after anti-government protests that hardline President Islam Karimov blamed on Islamic radicals.

Thousands of Uzbeks fleeing updated: Sat May 14 2005 04:20:00

Thousands were trying to flee the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan on Saturday, leaving behind the flaming wreckage of a former government building torched on the second day of violent anti-government demonstrations.

Akayev era over in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Mon Apr 11 2005 03:47:00

The Askar Akayev era in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan is officially over.

Ousted Kyrgyz leader steps downupdated: Mon Apr 04 2005 03:58:00

Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, who was ousted last month by protesters who took over the White House government building, has resigned effective Tuesday, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

Profile of Akayevupdated: Thu Mar 24 2005 21:31:00

Following is a profile of Askar Akayev, who served as president of Kyrgyzstan from 1990 until his apparent ousting on March 24.

Kyrgyzstan at a glanceupdated: Thu Mar 24 2005 21:02:00

Following is some background material on Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz opposition seizes powerupdated: Thu Mar 24 2005 05:19:00

Demonstrators in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan have seized that country's seat of government and forced the country's long-time president to flee his office, political observers and reporters in the nation's capital of Bishkek tell CNN.

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