BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - International advocacy groups condemned the life sentence handed to a leading rights activist in Kyrgyzstan, saying Thursday that his trial was marred by violence and procedural irregularities.

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

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Election officials in Kyrgyzstan say the Central Asian nation's public has overwhelmingly backed a new constitution.

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan's interim president says voters have approved a new constitution that will allow the nation to form a legitimate government after months of turmoil.

OSH, Kyrgyzstan - The people of violence-wracked Kyrgyzstan voted Sunday on a new constitution just weeks after deadly ethnic purges - a vote that the interim government hopes will legitimize the power it seized in April.
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