World Briefing

Times Wire Reports

Police broke up rallies against the outcome of Kyrgyzstan’s recent presidential election, detaining dozens of demonstrators.

Opposition activists accuse the government of rigging last week’s vote, in which President Kurmanbek Bakiyev won a second term with 76% of the ballots.

The Central Asian country hosts a U.S. air base crucial to operations in Afghanistan and has been the focus of competition between Washington and Moscow for regional influence.

The opposition planned separate rallies and marches around the country rather than call all of its supporters to the center of the capital, Bishkek, in an effort to avoid a confrontation with police.