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It is a tangled web that the West has woven for itself in Central Asia. And nowhere are the knots more convoluted, and more urgently in need of resolution, than in Kyrgyzstan. One of the smallest, least developed and apparently most quiescent of the five former Soviet republics in the region, Kyrgyzstan looked a reasonable bet to host a US air base that is crucial to Nato operations in Afghanistan.

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As many as 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the United Nations announced yesterday, dramatically increasing the official estimate of the impact of a crisis that has left refugees without enough food and water in camps on the Uzbekistani border.

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Those remaining in Osh are ready to fight to defend their homes from Kyrgyz mobs. Jo Lillis reports from the city

Kyrgyzstan tells Britain to hand over Bakiyev's son

Kyrgyzstan's government is demanding that Britain extradite the man they say is responsible for stoking the vicious riots in the south of the country that have killed hundreds in recent days. Maxim Bakiyev, son of the country's deposed president, claimed asylum when he landed at Farnborough airport on Monday night.

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The son of toppled Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev is seeking asylum in Britain, it was revealed today.

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Kyrgyz gangs accused of 'genocide' as death toll rises

In the worst ethnic violence this Central Asia nation has seen in 20 years, marauding Kyrgyz gangs were last night accused of "committing genocide", burning ethnic Uzbeks out of their homes and embarking on a three-day rampage of killing, which some human rights activists on the scene estimated has killed more than 500 people.

Rioting escalates in Kyrgyzstan killing 80

Ethnic rioting spread today in southern Kyrgyzstan, where at least 80 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded. Thousands of Uzbeks fled after their homes were torched by roving mobs of Kyrgyz men.

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At least 62 killed in fresh outbreaks of ethnic fighting

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Kyrgyzstan appealed for Russian help today to stop ethnic conflict that has killed at least 50 and left parts of its second-largest city in flames, the worst violence since the president was toppled in April.

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