Lifting the veil

For most travellers, the former Soviet republics of Central Asia - commonly known as the 'stans' - are a hard nut to crack. The allure of the Silk Road, once the world's superhighway, is tainted by tough visa regimes and convoluted transport links.

Sunday, 16 September, 2007, 12:00am

Distant base signals Pentagon's new anti-terrorism strategy

Named after a New York fire chief who was killed when the twin towers of the World Trade Centre collapsed, the Peter J. Ganci airbase is a lonely outpost in the heart of Central Asia. Many of the 1,200 US servicemen who call the base home were flummoxed when news arrived of their deployment to far-off Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic.

21 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Hostage hope

Bishkek: Three senior Kyrgyz officers opened negotiations with commanders of Muslim rebels holding four Japanese hostages in south Kyrgyzstan.

9 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Hostage freed

Bishkek: Islamic rebels in Kyrgyzstan released a fourth local hostage but were still holding 16 people, including four Japanese, as they retreated towards Uzbekistan.

30 Aug 1999 - 12:00am