Articles by Leila Saralayeva

U.S. Agrees to Triple Rent It Pays for Kyrgyz Base

  • 24 June 09
  • The Associated Press
The United States has agreed to more than triple the rent it pays to continue use of an air base in Kyrgyzstan that is crucial to operations in Afghanistan under a deal approved Tuesday by a Kyrgyz parliamentary committee.

Bishkek Discussing Base With U.S.

  • 06 February 09
  • The Associated Press
Kyrgyzstan is still in talks with the United States over a key U.S. air base that the Kyrgyz president wants closed, the country's prime minister said Thursday.

Kyrgyz Protest Giving Land to Kazakhs

  • 29 April 08
  • The Associated Press
Hundreds march after the Issyk-Kul Lake area is swapped for other land.

HIV Outbreak Leaves Kyrgyz Families Struggling

  • 14 April 08
  • The Associated Press
Dilfuza Mustafakulova was a contented wife and mother who helped support her family by working as a teacher in the village school.

Kyrgyz Leader Disbands Parliament

  • 23 October 07
  • The Associated Press
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev signed a decree dissolving the parliament on Monday, moving to strengthen his control a day after voters overwhelmingly approved constitutional changes in a referendum that his critics called a power grab.

SCO Leaders Send a Message to U.S.

  • 17 August 07
  • The Associated Press
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- The leaders of Russia, China and Iran warned the outside world Thursday to let Central Asia look after its own stability and security, in a veiled message to the United States issued on the eve of major war games between Russia and China.

Opposition Leader Questioned

  • 23 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Kyrgyzstan's top opposition leader was questioned by authorities on Saturday, two days after police ended more than a week of rallies demanding the president's resignation by breaking up a protest outside his office.

Bakiyev Signs Constitution

  • 10 November 06
  • The Associated Press
The document limits the powers of the Kyrgyz president, who is fighting to stay afloat amid the worst turmoil since 2005.

Violence and Vitriol in Kyrgyz Capital

  • 08 November 06
  • The Associated Press
Protesters demanding the resignation of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev clashed with government supporters Tuesday, and Kyrgyzstan's security chief vowed to clear opposition demonstrators from the central square they have occupied for six days in the capital.

Bakiyev Backs Down, Fires Senior Officials

  • 07 November 06
  • The Associated Press
But the Kyrgyz president steadfastly refuses protesters' demands that he resign.

30,000 Demonstrate in Bishkek

  • 03 November 06
  • The Associated Press
About 30,000 angry demonstrators rallied in Kyrgyzstan's capital on Thursday to demand that President Kurmanbek Bakiyev resign over his refusal to accept the opposition's demand for a constitutional revision to trim his powers.

Kyrgyz Plan Rally for Bakiyev's Ouster

  • 02 November 06
  • The Associated Press
Kyrgyz opposition leaders said they would hold a rally Thursday demanding President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's ouster, saying his promise to let the parliament form a new Cabinet was not sufficient.

Missing U.S. Officer Was in a 'Trance'

  • 11 September 06
  • The Associated Press
A U.S. Air Force officer who went missing for three days in Kyrgyzstan said she felt as if she was in a trance when she discovered what she believed was a bomb in her back pocket, police said.