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2006-04-19 17:17:47

By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who came to power in a revolution last year promising to bring democracy, accused "foreign forces" on Wednesday of stoking unrest in his impoverished Central Asian country. Kyrgyzstan has been plagued by instability and crime since a violent coup toppled veteran leader Askar Akayev last year, in contrast to peaceful protests in Ukraine and Georgia which brought new pro-Western governments to power. Speaking...

2006-03-28 08:14:30

By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - Soyuzbek Kaldarov, sentenced to death in 1999 for the murder of two policemen, is trapped in a legal limbo. His home country of Kyrgyzstan imposed a moratorium on firing-squad executions in 1998 so he cannot be put to death, but the courts continue to hand down death sentences, leaving Kaldarov and others with indefinite stretches on death row. Around 200 inmates are stuck in the same legal vacuum, waiting in crumbling Soviet-era cells where...

2006-02-15 08:14:59

By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan has asked the United States to pay 100 times more for using a military base in the Central Asian nation, saying the amount it pays now is too low, Kyrgyzstan's president said in remarks published on Wednesday. U.S. forces moved into Central Asia, traditionally a Russian sphere of influence, setting up bases in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, when they overthrew the Islamist Taliban government in neighboring Afghanistan in 2001. Uzbekistan...

2006-02-15 04:40:00

ALMATY -- Kyrgyzstan wants the United States to pay 100 times more for the use of a military base in the Central Asian country, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was quoted as saying on Wednesday. U.S. forces moved into Central Asia, traditionally a Russian sphere of influence, when they started the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2001, establishing bases in Kyrgyzstan and neighboring Uzbekistan. But Washington has faced suspicions from leaders across the region that it is out to...

2006-01-26 05:18:37

BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's prime minister sought to secure control over the Central Asian state's police force, saying law enforcement agencies had been infiltrated by criminals and there was a plot to kill him. Kyrgyzstan has faced rising crime, including the killing of three members of parliament, since violent protests ousted former President Askar Akayev in March last year, ushering in President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's government. "A certain (criminal) is threatening to...

2005-11-21 05:15:41

By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, still unstable after a coup earlier this year, could plunge into anarchy if authorities fail to tackle organized crime and chaotic protests, its top prosecutor said on Monday. The Central Asian nation of five million, host to a U.S. military base used to back operations in Afghanistan, has faced bloody prison riots and several parliamentary deputies have been killed since the March ouster of veteran President Askar Akayev....

2005-10-11 10:40:53

By Saul Hudson BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan assured the United States on Tuesday it could keep its air base in the former Soviet Central Asian state, a relief to Washington which is being ejected from nearby Uzbekistan. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said at a joint news conference with visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the 1,000 troops could stay as long as they were needed to fly supply missions into Afghanistan in the fight against the Taliban. The United States...

2005-09-22 05:00:59

Please read in third paragraph ...The killing of the 38-year-old... instead of ...37-year-old. BISHKEK (Reuters) - A prominent Kyrgyz parliamentarian and businessman was shot dead in the center of the capital Bishkek late on Wednesday, police said on Thursday. Bayaman Erkinbayev backed the opposition during a 'people's revolution' which unseated veteran President Askar Akayev. A large group of his supporters was among crowds that seized the main government building on March 24. The...

2005-09-22 02:13:18

BISHKEK (Reuters) - A prominent Kyrgyz parliamentarian and businessman was shot dead in the center of the capital Bishkek late on Wednesday, police said on Thursday. Bayaman Erkinbayev backed the opposition during a 'people's revolution' which unseated veteran President Askar Akayev. A large group of his supporters was among crowds that seized the main government building on March 24. The killing of 37-year-old Erkinbayev highlights the ex-Soviet Central Asian state's continued...

2005-09-21 08:57:36

By Olga Dzyubenko KANT AIRBASE, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said on Wednesday U.S. forces could stay in the former Soviet state until nearby Afghanistan was "totally stable," but they would have to pay more rent. U.S. troops moved into Central Asia, traditionally a Russian sphere of influence, when they started the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2001, establishing air bases in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan for the war in Afghanistan. Bakiyev...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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