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U.S. Shuts Afghan Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan

The United States on Tuesday shut its airforce base in Kyrgyzstan that had been the main transit point for military personnel and cargo headed to Afghanistan for 12 years.

Washington was forced to shut the Manas Transit Center north of Bishkek after Kyrgyzstan, an ex-Soviet country seeking closer ties with Moscow, refused last year to extend its lease.

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Kyrgyzstan Detains Scores as Opposition Rallies

Kyrgyzstan police detained scores of people in the capital Bishkek Thursday as the opposition gathered for a rally to demand reforms.

About a thousand people gathered in a Bishkek park for the protest organised by the National Opposition Movement, which formed out of several smaller parties earlier this year.

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Last Words from Missing Malaysian Jet Spoken by Co-Pilot

The last words from a Malaysian passenger jet missing for 10 days were apparently spoken by the co-pilot, the airline said Monday, providing a glimpse into the crucial period when the plane was deliberately diverted.

Clarification that the voice was most likely that of First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid came during a press conference at which Malaysian officials hit back at "irresponsible" suggestions that they had misled the public -- and passengers' relatives -- over what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Putin Wins Iran, China Backing for Syria Plan

President Vladimir Putin on Friday won the support of Iran and China at a regional summit on Russia's initiative for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons, which he said had proved the "serious intentions" of the Damascus regime.

Putin attended the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security group sometimes seen as an eastern counterweight to NATO, in Kyrgyzstan a day after President Bashar Assad said he supported the Russian plan.

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Kyrgyzstan Declares Emergency after Bloody Gold Mine Clashes

Kyrgyzstan on Friday declared a state of emergency after bloody clashes between security forces and protestors over the arrest of dozens of demonstrators who cut off power to a Canadian-owned gold mine they want nationalised.

Prosecutors said that 92 people were arrested when security forces moved in to disperse the protest over the Kumtor mine, retake control of an electrical substation and dismantle their tents.

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Bodies of Two U.S. Pilots Found after Kyrgyzstan Crash

Rescuers on Saturday said they had recovered the bodies of three U.S. crew members whose refueling plane crashed in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan shortly after taking off from a base that serves as a hub for military operations in Afghanistan.

The KC-135 Stratotanker with a crew of three -- believed to be carrying dozens of tonnes of fuel -- exploded and broke up midair before crashing around 98 kilometers (61 miles) from the capital Bishkek on Friday.

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Plane from U.S. Airbase Crashes in Kyrgyzstan, Crew Fate Unknown

A military transport plane crashed in mountains with three crew members aboard shortly after taking off from a United States airbase in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, officials said, with so far no survivors found.

The C-130 American refueling plane fell in the northern Chuy province at around 2:55 pm local time (0855 GMT), the emergency ministry said.

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Kyrgyzstan Says Toppled President's Son Arrested in London

The son of Kyrgyzstan's ousted president has been arrested in London after an extradition request from the United States, according to the Kyrgyz presidency and British diplomats.

The son of ex-president Kurmanbek Bakiyev had applied for asylum in Britain after Kyrgyzstan's new authorities accused him of embezzlement and abuse of power following his father's ouster in 2010 in violent street protests.

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Russia to Keep Kyrgyzstan Military Base, Forgive Debt

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday agreed a deal with Kyrgyzstan that will allow Russia to keep a military base in the country until 2032 as Moscow and Washington jostle for influence in the region.

The agreement -- essentially a set of memorandums of intent ahead of formal treaties -- also foresees Russia wiping out nearly $500 million (380 million euros) in debt owed by Kyrgyzstan, a significant sum for the central Asian ex-Soviet state.

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Kyrgyz Border Guard Shot Dead after Killing Five

A Kyrgyz border guard who shot dead five people including four colleagues was himself killed Tuesday as he put up resistance to the authorities, prosecutors said.

On Monday, a Kyrgyz soldier stationed near the Central Asian state's border with Kazakhstan had shot dead four fellow soldiers and the wife of one of the victims before fleeing.

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