Tuesday, November 25, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

Russia Defends Abkhazia Pact

Russia has rejected accusations that it is planning to annex Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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Armenia Buries Helicopter Crew With Military Honors

Three Armenian helicopter crewmen who were killed when their military aircraft was shot down on November 12 by Azerbaijani forces have been buried with full military honors.
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Azerbaijan Arrests Former Deputy Defense Minister On Corruption Charges

A former Azerbaijani deputy defense minister, Mehman Salimov, has been arrested on corruption charges.
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West Rejects Russia-Abkhaz Treaty

The West has criticized an agreement between Russia and Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia.
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Fears For Jailed Azeri Activist's Health

A lawyer for jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus says her health has deteriorated drastically.
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Armenia Vows Reply To Azeri 'Provocation'

Armenia's defense chief says his nation will retaliate against "any provocation by Azerbaijan from now on" following the downing of a helicopter by Azerbaijani forces near the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Russia Signs New Pact With Abkhazia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abkhazia's de facto president, Raul Khajimba, signed the "Allied Relations and Strategic Partnership" treaty, which Tbilisi has condemned as a step toward Russian annexation of the separatist Black Sea province.
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Karabkah Says It Killed Azeri Soldiers

Nagorno-Karabakh says its forces have killed two Azerbaijani soldiers in an operation to recover the bodies of three crew members whose helicopter was shot down by Azerbaijan earlier this month.
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Russian Duma Paves Way For Kyrgyzstan's 'Eurasian' Integration

Russia's lower parliament house on November 21 ratified an agreement governing economic cooperation with Kyrgyzstan as it integrates with "Eurasian" structures that President Vladimir Putin is using to tighten Moscow's ties with other former Soviet republics.
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Two 'Militants' Killed In Daghestan

Officials in Russia's volatile North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan say local police have killed two suspected militants.
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