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April 7, 2010 | From Reuters
Here is a timeline on Kyrgyzstan in the last 20 years: June/July 1990 - Authorities sack a police chief and local government chief after the Soviet Central Asian republic of Kirghizia authorities fight to contain ethnic tension between Uzbeks and the majority Kirghiz. -- Around 300 people were killed in the clashes. Aug. 31, 1991 - The Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan declares independence from the Soviet Union. Oct. 13 - Askar Akayev, the only candidate in Kyrgyzstan's first presidential election is elected, pledging reform but rejecting a call for early democratic elections to parliament.
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May 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two of the Air Force crew members killed in the crash of a KC-135 refueling aircraft in Kyrgyzstan were from California, according to information released Sunday by the Department of Defense. Killed were Capt. Victoria Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, and Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield. The two were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Also killed was Capt. Mark Voss, 27, from Colorado Springs, Colo. The KC-135 Stratotanker crashed for unknown reasons Friday shortly after takeoff from the Manas air base in the Central Asian nation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two of the Air Force crew members killed in the crash of a KC-135 refueling aircraft in Kyrgyzstan were from California, according to information released Sunday by the Department of Defense. Killed were Capt. Victoria Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, and Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield. The two were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Also killed was Capt. Mark Voss, 27, from Colorado Springs, Colo. The KC-135 Stratotanker crashed for unknown reasons Friday shortly after takeoff from the Manas air base in the Central Asian nation.
WORLD
May 4, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Rescue teams found remains of two crew members Saturday morning at the site of a U.S. military plane crash in Kyrgyzstan, an official said. “Fragments of two bodies have already been found as we are continuing the search,” Abisharip Bekilov, spokesman for the Kyrgyzstan Emergency Ministry, said in a phone interview from Bishkek, the capital of the former Soviet country in Central Asia. “Rescue workers in the field are still looking for black boxes [flight recorders]
NEWS
December 5, 2001 | Reuters
This Central Asian nation said Tuesday that it is ready to accommodate warplanes from the U.S.-led anti-terrorism coalition at one of its air bases, but a senior official said the Western presence would be limited and short-term. "We have in principle confirmed our readiness to support the anti-terrorist coalition, and we are now studying their proposals," presidential advisor Askar Aitmatov said.
WORLD
April 23, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already a citizen of two other countries when he applied for a U.S. passport that was delayed because of charges of domestic violence. The older of the two brothers suspected in the attack last Monday used a passport issued by Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic where he and his family once lived, for international travel, according to his mother. And he was also a Russian citizen. When he returned to Russia from the United States in early 2012 to visit his father in Dagestan, a Russian republic in the North Caucasus region, he applied for a Russian internal passport to replace one he reported as lost.
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April 8, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez
Opposition leaders in the small, mountainous Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan seized power in the capital early Thursday after thousands of protesters ransacked government buildings and riot police fired on crowds, killing dozens of people. The unrest appeared to have unseated the government of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who reportedly fled to the southern city of Osh. Bakiyev has led the country since 2005, when he headed the so-called Tulip Revolution that deposed autocratic leader Askar A. Akayev.
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March 25, 2005 | Kim Murphy and David Holley, Times Staff Writers
In the third largely nonviolent popular revolution to topple post-Soviet leaders in a little more than a year, opposition protesters seized control of Kyrgyzstan's main government buildings Thursday and reports spread that President Askar A. Akayev had fled the country.
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September 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A U.S. Air Force officer who was missing for three days says someone stuffed an object in her jeans pocket with a note saying it was a bomb and telling her to go to a site in Bishkek, where kidnappers grabbed her, Kyrgyz authorities said Saturday. They said Maj. Jill Metzger reported feeling as if she were in a trance as she followed the instructions. U.S. officials said the 33-year-old officer was in "stable condition" at an American base.
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March 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors charged a prominent Kyrgyzstan opposition leader with murder in a case that government critics say is politically motivated. Alikbek Jekshenkulov was accused of involvement in the shooting of a Turkish citizen in late 2007 and illegal possession of a weapon, said his lawyer, Nina Zotova. Interior Ministry officials say forensic experts concluded that casings and a bullet found at the scene of the killing in the northern town of Talas were discharged by a handgun belonging to Jekshenkulov.
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May 4, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Recovery teams have found the body of the third American crew member at the site of a plane crash in Kyrgyzstan, the television network Russia-24 reported Saturday. The remains of the plane's two other crew members were found Saturday morning. All three reportedly were U.S. citizens. “Rescue workers in the field are still looking for black boxes [flight recorders] which can help explain what happened to the plane,” Abisharip Bekilov, spokesman for the Kyrgyzstan Emergency Ministry, said in a phone interview earlier in the day. He spoke from Bishkek, the capital of the former Soviet country in Central Asia.
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May 3, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
Witnesses say a U.S. tanker airplane that crashed Friday in northern Kyrgyzstan caught fire and broke apart in the air, according to local officials. Emergency response crews were dispatched to the scene, but the fate of the crew was not immediately known. The U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, which is used to refuel planes over Afghanistan, took off from Manas International Airport near Bishkek, the capital of the central Asian nation, U.S. and local officials said. "At about [3:20 p.m. local time]
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May 3, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A U.S. fueling plane crashed in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan on Friday, a local official said. The Boeing 707 took off from the U.S. air base at Manas International Airport near Bishkek, officials said. The base is a key installation for transit operations to and from Afghanistan. "At about 15:20 [local time], we received information that a U.S. fueling plane disappeared off the radar," Azamat Mambetov, an official of Kyrgyzstan's emergency ministry, said in a phone interview from Bishkek.
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May 3, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Fliers and posters urging help for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have reportedly popped up in Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan.  In the Chechen capital of Grozny, posters refer to charges against Tsarnaev -- whose family lived in Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan before moving to the U.S. -- as “groundless.” The 19-year-old is a suspect in the twin bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others during the Boston...
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April 23, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already a citizen of two other countries when he applied for a U.S. passport that was delayed because of charges of domestic violence. The older of the two brothers suspected in the attack last Monday used a passport issued by Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic where he and his family once lived, for international travel, according to his mother. And he was also a Russian citizen. When he returned to Russia from the United States in early 2012 to visit his father in Dagestan, a Russian republic in the North Caucasus region, he applied for a Russian internal passport to replace one he reported as lost.
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April 21, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, called his mother Thursday morning, hours before being killed in a shootout with police, and told her he had received a call from the FBI, she said. “He would call me every day from America in the last days,” Zubeidat Tsarnaev said Sunday in a telephone interview with The Times from her home in the Russian republic of Dagestan, “and during our last conversation on the morning [before the shootout]
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July 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
American troops can stay at a Kyrgyz air base for as long as they are needed to bring stability to Afghanistan, officials told Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday. The remarks came at a time when the future of the U.S. military presence here and elsewhere in Central Asia has come into question. A July 5 statement by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, of which Kyrgyzstan is a member, called for a timetable for eventual U.S. withdrawal. Maj. Gen.
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July 11, 2005 | David Holley Times Staff Writer, Times Staff Writer
Acting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, a former opposition leader who led a March revolt that ousted his predecessor, won by a landslide in balloting here Sunday, giving fresh legitimacy to his team of reformers in this mountainous Central Asian state. With 96% of the ballots counted, Bakiyev had 89% of the vote in a field of six candidates, according to the Central Election Commission website. It reported turnout at 75%, far above the 50% threshold required to make the election valid.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Neela Banerjee and Jim Puzzanghera
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, came to America from central Asia about a decade ago and appeared to have embraced their new life - attending school, holding jobs, playing sports and, in the older brother's case, aspiring to represent the United States as a boxer in the Olympics. But there were signs of discontent from the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. “I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them,” Tamerlan Tsarnaev said, as reported in an online photo essay that shows him training for a boxing competition.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Which designers does Hillary Rodham Clinton wear? An interviewer in Kyrgyzstan got the equivalent of the hand when he asked the secretary of State that question during a panel discussion in December 2010. Clinton's response: "Would you ever ask a man that question?" Her comment went viral Tuesday -- way after the fact -- when Boston Review posted that snippet from the interview on its Tumblr page . What's especially cringeworthy about this exchange is that just moments before, Clinton had addressed a young lawyer's question about how women could succeed in today's world.
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