President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, pushed from power in the Kyrgyzstan coup last week, is nearing a deal to allow him and his family to leave the country, cooling concerns of further violence in the Central Asian nation, according to media reports from the capital Bishkek.
A Kyrgyz boy covers his face with a national flag as crowds gather to mourn victims of the violent protests earlier in the week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday.
Visitors look at artwork by American artist Tony Oursler entitled 'Eyes,' at a gallery in Beijing on Thursday.
A protester covered with a Kyrgyz national flag walks in front of the government headquarters building on the central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on April 8. An opposition coalition in Kyrgyzstan said it has formed an interim government that will rule for six months, headed by opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva.
Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev appeared to confirm Thursday he had lost control of the country's armed forces as former ally Roza Otunbayeva took charge of a provisional Kyrgyz government.
The US military may retain access to Manas airfield – a key transit hub for the Afghanistan war – despite the turmoil in Kyrgyzstan. But given the weakness of other supply routes, the loss would deal a major blow.
US use of Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan is vital to logistics for the Afghanistan war. But protests in the country Wednesday have raised questions about what might happen next.
A tourist feeds Rainbow Lorikeets in Great Keppel Island at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia on Wednesday. Australia called for a review of shipping laws on Tuesday after a coal ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef and environmentalists warned the Asian resource boom was turning the fragile reef into a 'coal highway.'
With opposition leaders claiming they've formed their own government in Bishkek and reports that Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has left the country, What will happen to the US use of the Manas air base?
The Kyrgyzstan protests, in which government forces killed at least 17 rioters who tried to storm President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's office and other locations, highlights US reliance on a key air base supplying troops in Afghanistan war.