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Pope Refers To Xinjiang's Uyghurs As 'Persecuted,' China Calls It 'Groundless'.

Pope Francis has for the first time publicly named Uyghurs, a major indigenous ethnic group in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, among a list of the world's persecuted peoples.

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Kyrgyz Presidential Hopeful Japarov Defends Draft Constitutional Reforms.

Sadyr Japarov has defended proposed changes to the constitution that would give more powers to the president.

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Concern Mounts Over Kyrgyzstan's Rushed Constitutional Overhaul.

Hundreds of people marched through the Kyrgyz capital, protesting proposed constitution changes that opponents say will erode drastically freedoms in the Central Asian country.

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Draft Changes To Kyrgyz Constitution Spark Fears Of Presidential Power Grab.

Kyrgyz lawmakers have initiated constitutional changes that critics say would concentrate too much power in the hands of the president ahead of a presidential election scheduled for January.

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EU Urged To Pressure Central Asian Governments On Human Rights.

Human Rights Watch(HRW)is urging the European Union to make clear that greater support for Central Asia is tied to “genuine” human rights reforms.

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Kyrgyz Supreme Court Rules That Police Crackdown On Women's Rally Was Illegal.

The Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan has ruled that a police crackdown on a feminist group in Bishkek earlier in March was illegal.

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Acting Kyrgyz President Reiterates Plan To Step Down To Be Eligible For January Vote.

Kyrgyzstan's acting President Sadyr Japarov has reiterated that he plans to step down to be eligible to take part in a presidential election in January and vowed to secure fair and open voting.

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Kyrgyzstan's Acting President Signs Amendments To Election Law.

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's acting President Sadyr Japarov has signed amendments changing the law on elections that lower the threshold for political parties to enter parliament from 7 percent to 3 percent, while also reducing the registration fee for...

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Kyrgyzstan's Acting President Signs Amendments To Election Law.

Kyrgyzstan's acting President Sadyr Japarov has signed amendments changing the law on elections that lower the threshold for political parties to enter parliament from 7 percent to 3 percent, while also reducing the registration fee for candidates...

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Atambaev's Trial Resumes In Bishkek, Case To Be Handed To Another Judge.

BISHKEK -- The high-profile trial of former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has resumed in Bishkek with Judge Marat Sadykov agreeing with a defense team motion to hand the case to another judge. Atambaev was present at the November 11 hearing, ...

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Atambaev's Trial Resumes In Bishkek, Case To Be Handed To Another Judge.

The high-profile trial of former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has resumed in Bishkek with Judge Marat Sadykov agreeing with a defense team motion to hand the case to another judge.

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Putin Says 'External Pressure' On Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova 'Unacceptable'.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said "attempts to exert foreign pressure" in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova are "unacceptable."

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Exclusive: Slain Money Launderer Feared Retribution From Ex-Kyrgyz Official Before Murder, Leaked Police Records Show.

A former Kyrgyz-based money launderer said before his murder in Istanbul last year that a senior Kyrgyz ex-official and a secretive tycoon would be responsible if anything happened to him, according to a new RFE/RL investigation. The report by RFE...

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Exclusive: Slain Money Launderer Feared Retribution From Ex-Kyrgyz Official Before Murder, Leaked Police Records Show.

A former Kyrgyz-based money launderer said before his murder in Istanbul last year that a senior Kyrgyz ex-official and a secretive tycoon would be responsible if anything happened to him, according to a new RFE/RL investigation.

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New Revelations In Istanbul Assassination That Rattled Kyrgyzstan.

One year ago, a Chinese-born Uyghur whistle-blower was gunned down in a cafe in Istanbul after providing RFE/RL with documents exposing how he funneled hundreds of millions of dollars out of Kyrgyzstan. Newly obtained documents show his widow's po...

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In 'Symblic Action,' Fence Around Kyrgyz Government Building Torn Down.

Kyrgyz authorities have torn down the iron fence and gates around the main government building in Bishkek that houses the presidential office and parliament in a move the capital's acting mayor, Balbak Tulobaev, called "symbolic."

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Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker Steps Down To Join Growing Field Of Presidential Hopefuls.

The recently elected chairman of the Kyrgyz parliament said on November 4 that he would step down and indicated that he planned to take part in the country's early presidential election in January.

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Kyrgyz Supreme Court Chamber To Look Into Appeal Challenging Delay Of Parliamentary Vote.

The Kyrgyz Supreme Court's Constitutional Chamber has said it will look into an appeal filed by the opposition Reforma(Reform)party and two citizens challenging a law that canceled a Central Election Commission(BShK)decision to rerun parliamen...

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Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Madumarov Announces Plan To Seek Presidency.

The leader of Kyrgyzstan's opposition Butun(United)Kyrgyzstan party, Adakhan Madumarov, has announced his intention to take part in an early presidential election scheduled for January 10.

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Kyrgyz Supreme Court Refuses Appeal Challenging Election Delay.

Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal filed by the Central Election Commission(BShK)challenging a recently adopted law that canceled a decision to rerun parliamentary elections on December 20.

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Former Kyrgyz Security Council Chief Dismisses New Government's Anti-Corruption Efforts As A 'Theatrical Show'.

The former chief of Kyrgyzstan's Security Council, Keneshbek Duishobaev, has resigned in protest of anti-corruption efforts by the Central Asian nation's new government that he called little more than "a theatrical show."

Jailed Former Kyrgyz President Atambaev On Hunger Strike To Protest Detention Conditions.

Jailed former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has started a hunger strike to protest his transfer to Bishkek's central detention center from the holding facility at the State Committee of the National Security(UKMK).

Acting Kyrgyz President Japarov Announces Move To Become Eligible For New Vote.

Acting Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov says he will step down before the end of the year to become eligible to run in a presidential election in January 2021.

Kyrgyzstan Schedules Early Presidential Election For January 10.

The press service for Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission says an early presidential election has been scheduled to take place on January 10.

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New Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Says Russia Remains 'Major Partner'.

Kyrgyzstan's newly appointed Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev says that the recent political upheaval that toppled the Central Asian nation's government and prompted the president to resign won't impact relations with Russia, its "major partner a...

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