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Ballot intended to bring Central Asian country, torn by ethnic violence, closer to democracy

Kyrgyz investigators exhume bodies of riot victims

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Kyrgyz leaders urged to halt 'illegitimate' referendum

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Kyrgyz troops 'storm Uzbek hospital'

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Kyrgyzstan's security forces clashed with ethnic Uzbeks in the south of the country yesterday, where up to 2,000 people were killed in a wave of bloodletting earlier this month.

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