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Latest Kyrgyzstan News

HRW Wants Kyrgyz To Reject 'Foreign Agents' Bill

Human Rights Watch has called on Kyrgyz deputies to reject a bill requiring domestic NGOs that receive foreign funding and engage in "political activities" to register as "foreign agents." More

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev (file photo)

Kyrgyz Join Russia-Led EES

Kyrgyzstan's president has signed a law ratifying treaties on his country's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EES). More

An antigay rally in front of the government headquarters in the capital, Bishkek, on February 5

Kyrgyz Antigay Activists Charged

Several antigay activists in Kyrgyzstan have been charged with hooliganism after they disrupted an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community event in Bishkek. More

Uzbek Border Guards Kill Kyrgyz Man

Kyrgyz officials say Uzbek border guards have shot dead a Kyrgyz national and detained another near the border between the two Central Asian nations. More

Afghan forces fighting Taliban militants in Kunduz.

Afghan Officials: IS Militants Helping Taliban In Kunduz

Officials in northern Afghanistan say Taliban fighters who launched an offensive against government security forces last month have been joined by foreign fighters from the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More

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Video People Of Two Lands: The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal (Part 5)

Qishloq Ovozi is proud to present the fifth in a series of short films -- People of Two Lands: The Kyrgyz of Jerge-Tal -- about the Kyrgyz of northern Tajikistan. More

Karimov -- Bold And Nasty

Uzbek President Islam Karimov seemed to have problems articulating his thoughts at his April 10 inauguration ceremony. In the interest of balance, it should now be pointed out that Karimov seemed to have no trouble expressing himself at the May 8 informal CIS summit in Moscow. More
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Features & Commentary

Kyrgyz Group Wrecks Day Against Homophobia

Plans by LGBT activists to celebrate a day against homophobia in Kyrgyzstan were spoiled when their party at a trendy Bishkek restaurant was ruined by nationalist, wannabe gay-wedding crashers.

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange And Black

Red, purple, pink, blue-and-gold. Many people in post-Soviet countries are choosing any color, it seems, for their Victory Day symbols -- just not the orange-and-black of Russia's St. George ribbon.

Russian Government Unveils New 'Eurasian' Corruption-Monitoring Index

Russia's rating in Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index has fallen steadily since the mid-1990s. Now researchers at a governmental institute have decided the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union needs its own corruption-monitoring tool.

Central Asia Medical Workers Struggle To Escape Yemen Violence

The conflict in Yemen has left hundreds of Central Asian medical workers struggling to find a way out.

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.
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