BBC – Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of closing a strategic US air base that supports US and Nato operations in Afghanistan. The decision was passed by 78 votes to two against. The US now has 180 days to leave the base. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced the closure plan of the Manas base earlier this month in Moscow, where Russia pledged $2bn (Â£1.4bn) in aid.Â Read Article
The Historian – The USA now has 180 days to up its bid…unless this was Russia’s compensation for not standing in the way of the bombing of Iran…don’t forget Kissenger went to meet with Putin a fortnight ago.