Kyrgyzstan

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  • The Kyrgyz flag flies at half-staff in front of the Freedom statue on a central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday, April 9, 2010. (Associated Press)

    Kyrgyzstan eyes law to curb extravagance

    In Kyrgyzstan, opulence is not an option for weddings and funerals — it's an obligation. Now the government is trying to keep its citizens from bankrupting themselves.



  • Kyrgyzstan pins medal hopes on wrester Tynybekova

    When she first stepped on to a wrestling mat three years ago, Aisuluu Tynybekova had no idea it would be the start of a long journey that would take her to London Olympics, but today the 19-year-old athlete is considered Kyrgyzstan's best hope to bring home a medal.


  • **FILE** The Kyrgyz national flag flies at half staff April 9, 2010, in front of the statue of independence on a central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Associated Press)

    Kyrgyz applaud, denounce ‘open skies’ policy

    Kyrgyzstan looks set to open its airspace to foreign airlines in a bid to reduce fares and lure tourists to the landlocked nation, but critics say that international competition could be a death sentence for local airlines.


  • **FILE** The Kyrgyz national flag flies at half staff April 9, 2010, in front of the statue of independence on a central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Associated Press)

    Gold mine roils politics in Kyrgyzstan

    As the Kyrgyz government prepares to renegotiate its stake in the Kumtor gold mine, local analysts warn that opposition politicians are using the country's biggest financial asset as a pawn in partisan rivalries.


  • **FILE** The Kyrgyz national flag flies at half staff April 9, 2010, in front of the statue of independence on a central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Associated Press)

    Jazz, once forbidden, now washes through Kyrgyzstan

    Wedding ceremonies in the mountainous Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan traditionally are accompanied by folk songs and, increasingly, Russian pop music — but these days, revelers might be treated to the once-forbidden sounds of live jazz.


  • **FILE** The Kyrgyz national flag flies at half staff April 9, 2010, in front of the statue of independence on a central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Associated Press)

    Kyrgyz music scene awash in all that jazz

    Wedding ceremonies in the mountainous Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan traditionally are accompanied by folk songs and, increasingly, Russian pop music — but these days revelers might be treated to the once-forbidden sounds of a live jazz band.


  • Kyrgyz students try to live on $100 a month

    Kyrgyzstan's online forums have buzzed with angry discussions about Economics Minister Akylbek Japarov since he told parliament in April that $100 is enough to live on for a month.


  • Uzbek strongman's pledge of privatization draws doubts

    Uzbekistan's announcement that it will privatize key state-owned assets has evoked skepticism about the former Soviet republic's commitment to economic reform.


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