Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president arrested after violent clashes
MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Kyrgyzstan detained the Central Asian nation's ex-president Thursday following violent clashes with his supporters, a day after a previous attempt to arrest him left one...
1 serviceman dead in raid to seize ex-Kyrgyz president
MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyz forces were reported pulling out of a village after an unsuccessful raid to try to arrest the country's ex-president at his residence in an operation that left one serviceman...
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a special forces operation to arrest the former president of Kyrgyzstan (all times local):
Kyrgyzstan's Health Ministry says a serviceman died...
The Latest: Of 16 crew in Iran plane crash, 1 known survivor
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the cargo plane crash in Iran (all times local):
An Iranian emergency management official has told state TV that 16 people were on board a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed west of Tehran and that there is only one known survivor.
Pirhossein Koulivand made the comment to state TV on Monday, shortly after the crash at Fath Airport west of Tehran. The plane was supposed to land at another nearby airport.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Supporters of a jailed former lawmaker tried to break through a police cordon outside the national security agency's headquarters in Kyrgyzstan's capital, but police turned them back with flash grenades. Dozens were arrested.
About 250 people had gathered Saturday in Bishkek, the Central Asian nation's capital, to demand the release of Sadyr Jarapov, who was arrested when trying to enter the country earlier in the day. It was not clear why he was arrested.
Putin says Russia could close military base in Kyrgyzstan
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia will close its military base in Kyrgyzstan if the government of the Central Asian nation asks it to.
Putin was speaking on Tuesday in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, as part of a Central Asian tour. The Kyrgyz president said in December that the base should close when the lease runs out at the end of this year.
Protests erupt after Kyrgyzstan arrests opposition leader
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Hundreds of people protested Sunday in Kyrgyzstan after authorities detained a prominent opposition leader on fraud and corruption charges that his supporters say are politically motivated.
Omurbek Tekebayev was arrested early Sunday morning after arriving at the Central Asian country's main airport outside the capital Bishkek on a flight from Vienna.
Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crash kills 37, destroys village
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, destroying half of a village and killing at least 37 people in the plane and on the ground, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
The Boeing 747 crashed at 7:40 a.m. local time while approaching Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek, in this Central Asian nation.
Kyrgyzstan’s Cabinet resigns amid political turmoil
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet resigned Wednesday following the breakup of the governing coalition, part of political maneuvering ahead of a constitutional referendum set for this fall in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.
The Kyrgyz parliament's speaker formally declared that the governing coalition no longer exists following the departure of President Almazbek Atambayev's Social-Democratic Party. The coalition's collapse triggered an immediate resignation of the Cabinet.
3 hurt as suicide bomber hits Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — A suspected suicide bomber on Tuesday crashed a car through the entrance of the Chinese Embassy in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, detonating a bomb that killed the attacker and wounded three embassy employees.
China denounced the attack and appealed to Kyrgyz authorities to identify and harshly punish anyone involved. No group claimed responsibility.
Germany welcomes review of jailed journalist’s case
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to Kyrgyzstan has welcomed the country's decision to send for review the case of an ethnic Uzbek journalist jailed for life.
Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to release Azimzhan Askarov who is serving a life sentence after being convicted of stirring up ethnic hatred, but instead sent his case to a regional court for review. International rights groups consider him a prisoner of...
Kyrgyzstan begins reviewing case of jailed journalist
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The Supreme Court in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on Monday began reviewing the case of an ethnic Uzbek journalist and activist serving a life sentence after being convicted of stirring up ethnic hatred.
International rights groups consider Azimzhan Askarov a prisoner of conscience and the U.N. Human Rights Committee has recently urged Kyrgyzstan to release him.
Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court opened the hearings on Monday and...