Thursday, August 25, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

RSF Calls For Withdrawal Of Charges Against Azerbaijani Politician

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the arrest of Faiq Amirov, a leading member of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan party.
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Armenian Gunman Seeks Mayor's Office

A jailed Armenian activist who helped seize a Yerevan police station last month wants to run for mayor in his hometown, but hard-line opposition representatives are discouraging him from doing so.
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Guerrilla War In Tbilisi: Activists Battle City Hall To Preserve Georgian Capital's Shrinking Green Spaces

Rampant development in Tbilisi is pitting city hall against a feisty group of activists determined to preserve what's left of the city's green spaces.
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Video Russian Soldier Sentenced To Life For Armenian Massacre

An Armenian court has found Russian Army Private Valery Permyakov guilty of murder charges and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the 2015 killing of seven members of an Armenian family.
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Armenian Court Rejects Appeals Of Arrested Gunmen

A court in Armenia has rejected more appeals filed by some of the three dozen members of an armed group that seized and held a police station in Yerevan last month.
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Georgian Authorities Say 'Terrorist Act' Thwarted

Georgian authorities say they have thwarted a "terrorist act" on a gas pipeline that supplies natural gas from Russia to Armenia.
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Suicide Sparks Renewed Efforts To Decriminalize Drug Use In Georgia

A suicide in Georgia has given new life to efforts to soften the country's harsh drug laws as the country heads toward parliamentary elections.
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Brazil Wins First Men’s Soccer Olympic Gold

Host Brazil beat Germany on penalties in Rio to win their first men's Olympic soccer gold medal and send the soccer-mad nation into ecstasy.
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Azerbaijan Arrests Four With Ties To Turkish Cleric Gulen

Azerbaijan authorities said they arrested four men with ties to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey has blamed for masterminding last month's attempted coup.
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Georgia's Khinchegashvili Grabs Wrestling Gold; Iran, Azerbaijan Get Bronze

Georgia's Vladimer Khinchegashvili snagged a gold medal in Rio's 57-kilogram men's freestyle wrestling tournament, beating silver medalist Rei Higuchi of Japan.
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