Kyrgyzstan's parliament will vote on Thursday on closing a US air base in the Central Asian state, complicating Washington's efforts to supply its forces fighting in Afghanistan. Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced after talks with traditional ally Russia this month that he wanted to close the Manas air base outside the capital Bishkek because Washington had refused to pay more rent. Parliament is expected to support Bakiyev's decision because his Ak Zhol party dominates the assembly. US forces will then have six months to leave and find another staging post in a region where Washington vies for influence with Russia. (Reuters)

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