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New visa rules set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities

After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw’s brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave Myanmar to join him in Massachusetts and work at his restaurant.

Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president arrested after violent clashes

Police in Kyrgyzstan detained the Central Asian nation’s ex-president Thursday following violent clashes with his supporters, a day after a previous attempt to arrest him left one policeman dead and nearly 80 people injured.

1 serviceman dead in raid to seize ex-Kyrgyz president

Kyrgyz forces were reported pulling out of a village after an unsuccessful raid to try to arrest the country’s ex-president at his residence in an operation that left one serviceman dead and more than 40 people injured.

Turkish 747 cargo jet crashes in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens

A Boeing 747 cargo aircraft crashed Monday during its approach to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, most of them on the ground. The jumbo jet was operated by ACT Airlines, an Istanbul-based air-freight specialist that trades as MyCargo Airlines, and was attempting to land at Manas airport at 1:20 a.m. following a flight from Hong Kong

Kyrgyzstan’s cabinet resigns amid political turmoil

Kyrgyzstan’s Cabinet resigned Wednesday following the breakup of the governing coalition, part of political maneuvering ahead of a constitutional referendum set for this fall in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.

Fire sweeps through Russian warehouse, killing 17 workers

A fire swept through a Moscow printing plant warehouse on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan, Russia’s emergency services said. A representative of the Kyrgyz community said the victims were all young women trapped in a dressing room while changing into their work clothes.

Air Force: Fairchild crew died when tanker did ‘Dutch roll’

A KC-135R tanker flown by a Fairchild Air Force Base crew shook apart over Kyrgyzstan last May, an investigation shows. The tail section came off and the rest of the plane plummeted through the air until it exploded then crashed, killing the three on board. Shortly after the tanker took off from Manas Air Force Base, the crew reported the plane was “waffling” and later that it was “bent.”

Tanker’s tail separated in flight before Kyrgyzstan crash

A KC-135 tanker flown by a Fairchild crew shook apart over Kyrgyzstan last May. The tail section came off and the rest of the plane plummeted through the air until the right wing separated and the fuel spilling out exploded, killing the three on board, an investigation shows.

Air Force’s Manas operations ending

The Pentagon is preparing to pull out of Kyrgyzstan, the former Soviet bloc nation where Fairchild-based tanker crews have flown thousands of combat refueling missions over Afghanistan since the start of the war. The Defense Department said Monday it will vacate Manas Transit Center by July rather than attempt to negotiate a lease extension for continued use of the expeditionary base. The transit center serves as a staging point for aerial refueling missions and as a northern air supply route into nearby Afghanistan for troops and equipment.

Fairchild crew reportedly lost

An aerial tanker jet reportedly flown by a Fairchild Air Force Base crew crashed Friday in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation where the U.S. operates an air base key to the war in Afghanistan. Military officials would not disclose where the KC-135 Stratotanker or its crew was from, but Reuters News Service reported that congressional sources were being advised that the tanker was from McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas and the three-member crew was from Fairchild on Spokane County’s West Plains.

Fairchild crew reportedly aboard crashed tanker

CHALDOVAR, Kyrgyzstan — A U.S. military tanker refueling plane crashed today in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation where the U.S. operates a military base key to the war in Afghanistan. There was no immediate word on casualties. The search for survivors was complicated by the harsh terrain of soaring mountains and deep valleys.

Kyrgyzstan’s uncertain future looms over fate of U.S. air base

MANAS TRANSIT CENTER, Kyrgyzstan – Taking advantage of an invitation to tour this small U.S. air base as a friend of a civilian Kyrgyz national who works here, tobacco producer Ulvgbek Abazgano took a moment to reflect as he struggled to describe what he was feeling. The roads are paved and smooth. The buildings, primarily reinforced tents and other temporary quarters common among U.S. expeditionary bases, all have hot and cold running water, flush toilets, heat and air conditioning. Food is plentiful.

For fuel, cargo and transport, troops rely on crews at Manas

MANAS TRANSIT CENTER, Kyrgyzstan – The slight evening drizzle had turned to a steady twilight rain, but Airman 1st Class Dustin Harder continued digging into the KC-135 aerial refueling tanker’s engines, using the jet’s broad wingspan to help stay dry. The tanker had finished a refueling mission over Afghanistan and would be needed back in the air soon, ready to deliver more fuel to thirsty fighter jets providing air cover for U.S. and coalition ground forces or to cargo planes needing to extend their flight paths.