Kyrgyzstan - updates

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Kyrgyzstan sees jump in coronavirus cases after restrictions lifted

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:29 PM

Some Kyrgyz on social media have complained of being unable to take tests despite having coronavirus symptoms

A municipal worker disinfects a street in front of the Parliament as a measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Bishkek on March 26, 2020. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP)

Kyrgyzstan negotiating debt restructuring with China

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Kyrgyzstan says a request for debt relief had 'found understanding' from neighboring China

A municipal worker disinfects a street in front of the Parliament as a measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Bishkek on March 26, 2020. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP)

Kyrgyzstan asks China for debt relief amid pandemic

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov asks Chinese President Xi Jinping to consider 'easing and prolonging payments on Kyrgyzstan's external debt to China'

PANDEMIC. An employee wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant inside a trolleybus - as part of preventive measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus - in Bishkek on March 19, 2020. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Kyrgyz police detain dozens at Women's Day march

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:29 PM

A police chief says the women were detained 'for violation of public order'

Detained Kyrgyzstan ex-president accused of coup plot

Aug 13, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Last week's arrest of Atambayev, who was president from 2011 to 2017, raises fears of new political turmoil in Kyrgyzstan

ALMAZBEK ATAMBAYEV. Kyrgyz outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev speaks during his last press conference before handing over his seat to last October's election winner, at the Ala Archa state residence in Bishkek on November 20, 2017. File photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Kyrgyzstan charges ex-president with corruption

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The state prosecutor's office says it sent the charge for consideration by parliament, which could strip Almazbek Atambayev of immunity in the coming days

ALMAZBEK ATAMBAYEV. Kyrgyz ex-president Almazbek Atambayev speaks during his last press conference at the Ala Archa state residence in Bishkek on November 20, 2017. File photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Azkals stumble to China: Lessons to be learned

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The Philippines is no match for Marcelo Lippi's China. Is there hope against Kyrgyzstan?

MORE DEPTH. The Philippine Azkals need at least a couple more European-bred centerbacks like Alvaro Silva. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Naples pizza-making wins UNESCO heritage status

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The art of the 'pizzaiuolo' joins UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage,' securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures

WORLD HERITAGE. Members of the Pizzaioli Acrobats Coldiretti perform 'twirling' pizza to celebrate the Unesco decision to make the art of Neapolitan 'Pizzaiuolo' an 'intangible heritage,' on December 7, 2017 in Naples.  Tiziana Fabi/AFP

India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Leaders of the largely symbolic body – including Russia s Vladimir Putin and China s Xi Jinping – formally sign off on the sub continent duo s accession at the annual SCO summit in Kazakhstan s capital Astana

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 9, 2017. Photo by AFP.

Russia IDs metro bomber as St. Petersburg mourns 14 dead

Apr 04, 2017 - 3:08 PM

4th UPDATE Flags flew at half mast in Russia s second city and flowers and candles piled up at an impromptu memorial outside the metro station rocked by the attack

SECURED. Police officers guard the entrance to Sennaya Square metro station in Saint Petersburg on April 3, 2017. Olga Maltseva/AFP

Kyrgyzstan blames pilot error for Turkish cargo plane hitting village

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:33 PM

7th UPDATE The majority of the dead are from the village of Dacha Suu where the plane – a flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan s capital Bishkek – crashed

CRASHED. The wreckage of a Turkish cargo plane is seen after it crashed in the village of Dacha-Suu outside Bishkek on January 16, 2017. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/ AFP

Kyrgyzstan probing whether citizen involved in Istanbul attack

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The foreign ministry in Kyrgyzstan says it was improbable that one of its nationals was involved but said it was checking anyway

MANHUNT. This handout video grab taken from CCTV and released on January 2, 2017 by Haber Turk Gazete newspaper shows an gunman carrying out an attack on the Reina nightclub, on the bank of the Bosphorus, in Istanbul on January 1, 2017. AFP PHOTO / CCTV / STRINGER

25-year independence anniversary bittersweet for Central Asia

Dec 20, 2016 - 11:37 AM

25 years since gaining independence from the Soviet Union complaints of an ever widening gulf between capitalism s winners and losers and the mismanagement of state funds echo throughout the graft riddled countries in the region

LOOMING PRESENCE. A picture taken on December 14, 2016 shows a statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in the town of Arkalyk, central Kazakhstan. Stanislav Filippov/AFP

Azkals-Kyrgyzstan preview: Fitness a concern

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:19 PM

The team is working on conditioning as a new player comes in to boost squad

TRAINING. Azkals train for their upcoming friendly with Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Opportunistic Azkals stun Kyrgyzstan 2-1

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Goals by Misagh Bahadoran and Kevin Ingreso give the Philippines a handsome road win in Bishkek

Azkals, sans Schröck, Reichelt, and Rota, take on Kyrgyzstan

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The men s national football team guns for ranking points in an away friendly versus the world s 105th ranked team

GETTING READY. Phil Younghusband would like to add to his total of 42 international goals on Tuesday. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

3 wounded in suicide blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

Aug 30, 2016 - 2:26 PM

UPDATED Sources say a Mitsubishi Delica car smashed a gate on the embassy before blowing up in the center of the compound close to the ambassador s residence

Briton detained in Kyrgyzstan after 'horse penis' slur

Jan 03, 2016 - 8:50 PM

A Briton faces up to 5 years in jail for comparing a Kyrgyz delicacy to a horse penis

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Oct 29, 2015 - 7:20 AM

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Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

May 17, 2015 - 11:53 AM

The uptick in Afghan fighting has rattled Moscow s ex Soviet allies in Central Asia and some have looked towards Russia for reassurance

MILITARY MIGHT. Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day Parade in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. RIA Novosti/Pool/EPA

Putin laughs off 'rumors' over his 10-day absence

Mar 16, 2015 - 10:16 PM

The usually omnipresent Putin s last appearance before his absence was on March 5 at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

PUTIN. File photo by Alexey Nikolsky/RIS Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Kyrgyzstan to vote on controversial anti-gay law

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:36 AM

The move by the predominantly Muslim Central Asian country follows an anti gay law passed in Russia in 2013 which bans promoting gay relationships to minors

People attend an anti-gay rally against PACE’s interference in Kyrgyz internal affairs in front of the government headquarters in the Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, on February 5, 2015. Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

As ruble weakens, Central Asian migrants head back home

Feb 22, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Migrants from the ex Soviet states in Central Asia used to flock to Russia to work but many are returning to their countries as the Russian economy is choked by crippling Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and plunging oil prices

A man enters a currency exchange office while an electronic information panel flashes the latest exchange rates, in Moscow, Russia, 30 January 2015. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Over 1,000 protest against Charlie Hebdo in Kyrgyzstan

Jan 20, 2015 - 9:49 PM

Protests take place across the Muslim world over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that many believers regard as offensive

I LOVE MOHAMMED. Kyrgyz Muslims react holding a banner that reads 'We love Mohammed' during a rally against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 20 January 2015. Igor Kovalenko/EPA