Saturday, March 07, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Caspian Legal Status 'Nearly Resolved'

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpour has expressed optimism that the legal status of the Caspian Sea could finally be resolved at the next summit of Caspian littoral states.
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Embattled Armenian Party's Leader Quits

The tycoon founder of the opposition Prosperous Armenia Party has stepped down from his position of party leader.
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Russia Says Worried By IS 'Units' In CSTO Countries

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has seen an increase of activity by "Islamic State (IS) units" in countries belonging to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
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Tbilisi Mayoral Officials Resign Amid Corruption Scandals

Two top officials in Tbilisi's mayoral office have resigned amid an ongoing corruption scandal.
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Councilman Gunned Down In Russia's Daghestan

A local physician and lawmaker has been gunned down in the Caspian port city of Derbent in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan.
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Russia Holds Big Military Drills In South, Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

The Russian military says more than 2,000 servicemen are taking part in "large-scale" air-defense exercises in southern Russia, Crimea, and the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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Tsarnaev's Lawyer Admits He Planted 2013 Boston Marathon Bombs

Gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings were recounted to jurors in Boston on March 4 as lawyers for the ethnic Chechen on trial for the attack admitted he carried out the assault.
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Saakashvili Urges U.S. To Arm Ukraine

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, now serving as an adviser to the administration of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, has called on the United States to provide Ukraine with lethal military weapons.
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Hollande Statement On Halting NATO Enlargement Under Scrutiny

A statement by French President Francois Hollande about temporarily halting NATO enlargement process is being reviewed in Montenegro and Georgia.
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Azerbaijan Detains Six On Suspicion Of Terrorism

Six men have been arrested in Azerbaijan on suspicion of planning terrorist acts in the country.
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