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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken

U.S. To Back Human Rights In Central Asia

Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken says the United States will "continue to advocate for free media and more open political systems" in Central Asia, a strategic region that lies between Russia, China, Afghanistan, and Iran. More

U.S. Citizen Deported From Kyrgyzstan

U.S. citizen Umar Farooq, who was detained by Kyrgyz authorities last week, was deported from Kyrgyzstan. More

Lawyers For Kyrgyz NGO Lodge Protest Over Raid

Two lawyers for the Kyrgyz nongovernmental organization Bir Duyno have filed a protest with the country's prosecutor general after a raid on the NGO's office in Osh. More

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev (left) is welcomed by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a meeting in Brussels on March 27.

U.S. Citizen Detained In Kyrgyzstan; NGO Office Raided

U.S. citizen Umar Farooq has been detained in southern Kyrgyzstan and the office of a nongovernmental organization he had been in touch with was raided. More

EU Chiefs Urged To Press Atambaev On Rights In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev was expected to face questions about the protection of human rights in his Central Asian country during meetings with senior EU officials on March 27. More

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Kyrgyzstan Bans IS, Designates It As Terror Group

Kyrgyzstan has designated the Islamic State (IS) group as a terrorist organization, and banned its activity in the republic, the Kyrgyz intelligence agency, the State Committee for National Security (GKNB) has announced. More

Video People Of Two Lands: The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal

None of the titular nationalities of Central Asia can trace their history back as far as the Kyrgyz and the Tajiks. These two peoples measure their presence in Inner Asia in terms of millennia. More
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Features & Commentary

New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Video Kyrgyz Mercenary Details Russian Military Role In Ukraine

A Kyrgyz military reserve officer has spoken in detail about his seven months of service as a mercenary in the ranks of the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Manas Mambetov says Russian troops are increasingly replacing local and mercenary fighters in the region -- and that Moscow has stepped up the provision of heavy weaponry.

Kyrgyz Medical Academy Scandal Widens After Staff Jostle RFE/RL Journalists

A corruption scandal involving a Kyrgyz medical academy has widened after staff jostled with an RFE/RL camera crew.

Kyrgyzstan's Anti-Vaccination Movement

It's a world away from Disneyland. But Kyrgyzstan is in the midst of its own measles outbreak, spurred by a mix of bad information, conspiracy theories, and religion.
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