Sunday, July 05, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Missing Tiger Found Dead Three Weeks After Tbilisi Zoo Flooding

The carcass of the last missing tiger from the flooded zoo in Georgia's capital has been found on the ground of a swimming pool complex.
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Three Killed In Dagestan Shoot-Out

Russian news agencies reported on July 4 that two members of the so-called Kizilyurt gang were killed, along with a Russian special operations soldier, during a counterterrorism operation in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan.
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Armenian Protesters Issue New Deadline

Protesters in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, campaigning against electricity price hikes have issued new demands to authorities.
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Video 'Electric Yerevan' Insists No One Has Pulled Plug On Armenia Protests

Street protests in the Armenian capital that sent shock waves far beyond the Caucasus have gone nearly quiet, with neither side able to claim victory in a battle over electricity prices.
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Armenian Probe Into Police Violence

Armenian authorities have launched a criminal investigation into police officers involved in a crackdown on demonstrators protesting against electricity price hikes.
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Baku Protests Against Separatist Leader's London Visit

Azerbaijan has protested plans by the leader of the breakaway ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh to visit London next week.
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Report: Corruption Risk In East Europe

A new report warns that a lack of progress fighting corruption in five Eastern European countries hampers democratic progress and undermines the prospect of greater economic and political cooperation with the European Union.
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Azerbaijanis Sentenced For Joining Islamic State

A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced 10 people to jail terms of between four to 15 years for joining the Islamic State extremist group.
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Video Czech PM Stresses Unity

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says it is essential that international sanctions against Russia continue until all sides in the Ukraine conflict meet the terms of a cease-fire deal agreed to in February.
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Video Hard-Nosed Armenian Police Chief Draws Mockery, Anger

The protests in Yerevan have put the spotlight on Armenia's iron-fisted police chief, whose angry tirades at protesters are sparking both anger and jokes.
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