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2005-08-14 02:37:56

By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's new president, the first leader in ex-Soviet Central Asia to be elected in a vote judged fair by foreign observers, took office on Sunday, pledging to stamp out corruption in the impoverished state. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was sworn in on the capital Bishkek's main square after winning nearly 90 percent of the vote last month in an election to find a successor to President Askar Akayev, ousted during protests and a coup in...

2005-07-26 05:52:19

By Will Dunham BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan assured the United States on Tuesday that it could keep its base in the former Soviet Central Asian state to support American military operations in Afghanistan. But remarks by the Kyrgyz leadership, under pressure on the issue from old ally Russia, fell short of providing the United States with an open-ended right to stay for as long as it wished. "I wouldn't pack your bags," visiting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told U.S. troops at the...

2005-07-26 04:10:32

By Will Dunham BISHKEK (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday secured assurances from Kyrgyzstan that it could keep its base in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state as long as it was needed for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. "I wouldn't pack your bags," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told U.S. forces at the base in a buoyant comment after talks with the Kyrgyz leadership. But remarks by the Kyrgyz leadership, which has come under pressure on the issue from its old ally Russia,...

2005-07-26 02:15:04

BISHKEK (Reuters) - The United States won assurances from Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday that Washington could keep its military base in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state as long as the situation in Afghanistan required it. Earlier this month, members of a group uniting Russia, China and ex-Soviet Central Asian states questioned the need for Washington's bases in Kyrgyzstan and neighboring Uzbekistan, set up in 2001 to support U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan. "The presence of the (U.S.) base...

2005-07-11 09:30:53

By Dmitry Solovyov BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's newly elected president pledged on Monday to relaunch democratic reforms in his Central Asian state, whose image as an island of freedom in a mostly authoritarian area had been lost under his predecessor. Kurmanbek Bakiyev questioned the continuing presence of a U.S. military base on Kyrgyz soil while making no mention of a similar Russian facility, signaling he would respect long-standing ties to Moscow. "We will do everything for...

2005-07-10 23:48:20

By Dmitry Solovyov BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's acting leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been elected president in a landslide victory which he will claim as a unanimous endorsement of the "People's Revolution" he led in March. The West had repeatedly urged the ex-Soviet state of 5 million to hold free and fair polls to add legitimacy to its new leadership and set a good example of democracy for authoritarian regional neighbors. The elections were called to find a successor to veteran...

2005-07-10 15:47:47

By Dmitry Solovyov BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's acting leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev looked set for a landslide victory on Sunday in the first presidential elections since the country's old post-Soviet leadership was toppled in violent protests. Successful polls seen by international mediators as free and fair would give the Central Asian state's leadership the legitimacy it urgently needs to secure order. The West would also see it as a message to authoritarian regional neighbors. "We...

2005-07-10 14:14:01

By Dmitry Solovyov BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's acting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev won Sunday's presidential elections by a landslide, a broadcast from the central election commission said, echoing earlier exit poll reports. "We can say now Kurmanbek Bakiyev has won by a landslide. We only don't know the precise percentage of the votes he received," said a Kyrgyz television presenter anchoring a press briefing broadcast live from the central election commission. If the numbers are...

2005-06-27 15:46:53

By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday itwanted to move hundreds of Uzbek refugees to third countriesfrom camps in Kyrgyzstan because there were fears Uzbekistanmight try to snatch them and take them home by force. More than 500 Uzbeks fled to Kyrgyzstan after troops shotinto a crowd to put down an uprising last month. More than 400refugees are now stranded in a refugee camp in Sasyk in thesouth of the country. Following the forced deportation of four...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.