Kyrgyzstan violence deepens

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Violence has spread across southern Kyrgyzstan in the country’s worst ethnic rioting in 20 years.

Officials say some 100 people have died in fighting between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks in the city of Osh.

On Saturday, the interim government gave troops shoot-to-kill orders and have extended a state of emergency to cover the entire southern Jalal-Abad region.

The riots are the worst violence since former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in a bloody uprising in April and fled the country.

Meanwhile, Russia has sent in paratroops to the area.

But their mission is limited to protecting Moscow’s military facilities in the former Soviet state.