Troops fire on crowd as Kyrgyzstan unrest flares

GOVERNMENT forces in Kyrgyzstan fired live ammunition, tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters and arrested their leader yesterday, raising fears of new instability in the turbulent Central Asian nation.

Dead dug up as Uzbeks return

INVESTIGATORS in southern Kyrgyzstan have begun exhuming the bodies of those killed during rampages against the Uzbek minority as tensions rise ahead of today's constitutional referendum.

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US envoy calls for international investigation of clashes in Kyrgyzstan

A TOP US envoy has called for an independent investigation into the violence that has devastated southern Kyrgyzstan.

Son of ousted leader seeks asylum after arriving in private jet

THE son of toppled Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has won temporary asylum in Britain after fleeing the country where he was facing a corruption probe.

100,000 Uzbeks flee rising violence in Kyrgyzstan

UP TO 100,000 minority Uzbeks fleeing a purge by mobs of Kyrgyz massed at the border yesterday, an Uzbek leader said, as the deadliest ethnic violence to hit the Central Asian nation in decades left a major city smouldering.

Terrified Uzbeks flee Kyrgyzstan as 77 die in ethnic riots

ETHNIC riots have rocked southern Kyrgyzstan, forcing thousands of Uzbeks to flee as their homes were torched by roving mobs of Kyrgyz men.

Kyrgyz ethnic clashes kill 41

MOBS of armed men torched Uzbek neighbourhoods in southern Kyrgyzstan yesterday in ethnic clashes that officials said left at least 41 people dead and nearly 600 wounded.

Medvedev to rescue of Russians caught up in Kyrgyz unrest

PRESIDENT Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Russian military to protect ethnic Russians in Kyrgyzstan yesterday as the Central Asian nation struggled to restore order after an uprising that ousted the president.

Deposed president leaves safe haven

THE deposed president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, left Kazakhstan yesterday for an unknown destination, ending four days of refuge there after he was driven from power in a violent uprising, a Kazakh official said.

Arrests ordered as president flees Kyrgyzstan

THE interim leaders of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan yesterday moved to consolidate their power, issuing arrest warrants for supporters of the country's deposed president.

Soldiers fight for control of killer inmates

KYRGYZSTAN government troops were battling today for control of a prison near the capital Bishkek where inmates killed a parliamentarian and a government official in a riot last month.

Kyrgyz troops fire tear gas to quell opposition protest

MORE than 1,000 Kyrgyz troops yesterday fired tear gas to drive demonstrators out of a government building they seized to protest at their candidate's exclusion from a presidential poll next month.

Kyrgyz protesters storm HQ over presidential candidate

HUNDREDS of supporters of a presidential candidate who was denied registration in next month's election stormed the Kyrgyztan government headquarters today.

'They shot us like rabbits'

GRAPHIC eyewitness accounts of the massacre of civilians by troops in the Uzbek town of Andijan emerged yesterday from fleeing refugees.

Thousands trapped at border as Uzbekistan descends into chaos

THOUSANDS of refugees fleeing the fighting in Uzbekistan were yesterday trapped on the border with Kyrgyzstan, with Uzbek troops refusing to let them cross.

Kyrgyz political crisis deepens

KYRGYZSTAN’S parliament adjourned yesterday without considering the resignation of Askar Akayev, the ousted president, after failing to gather enough members.

Kyrgyz president resigns, paving way for elections

ASKAR Akayev, Kyrgyzstan’s deposed president, resigned yesterday, allowing the Central Asian state’s new rulers to consolidate their grip on the power they seized in last month’s coup and prepare for a new election.

Envoys visit Kyrgyzstan

A STREAM of foreign envoys was due in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek today in a bid to help the new government in the wake of last week’s overthrow of longtime President Askar Akayev.

Exiled Kyrgysz leader urged to stay away

KURMANBEK Bakiyev, Kyrgyzstan’s acting president, yesterday urged Askar Akayev, the Central Asian country’s exiled leader, not to return, saying it could spark fresh violence.

Deposed Kyrgyz president says he is prepared to resign

ASKAR Akayev, Kyrgyzstan’s ousted president, said yesterday that he was prepared to resign if given the "relevant" legal protections.

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