Thursday, September 18, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

Georgian Bill To Delay Broader Use Of Jury Trials

Georgia's parliament is debating a bill to delay the broader use of jury trials by two years.
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Rally In Support Of Scotland's Independence In Abkhazia

Dozens of people have gathered in the capital of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region to express support for Scotland’s independence.
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Pro-Independence Scots Have A Friend -- In Abkhazia

On September 18, Scottish voters go to the polls to vote in a historic referendum on whether to break their three-century-old ties with the United Kingdom. In Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, which claims its own form of independence, support for Scottish statehood is strong.
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Ivanishvili Steps Into Georgian Feud

The Georgian tycoon who led an opposition coalition to power in 2012 has defended Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili amid a feud in the South Caucasus nation's leadership.
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Vatican Foreign Minister Voices 'Solidarity' With Georgia

The Vatican's foreign minister has voiced support for Georgia during the first such visit to the South Caucasus nation in 11 years.
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U.S. 'Concerned' By Azeri Deportation

The United States says it has raised concerns with Azerbaijan about Said Nuri, a U.S. citizen of Azerbaijani origin who was deported by authorities in Baku after what he called days of "intimidation and harassment."
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Georgian Prime Minister Acknowledges 'Worsened' Ties With President

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has acknowledged reported tensions between his team and the administration of President Giorgi Margvelashvili.
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Baku Deports Activist, Warns About Family

A U.S. citizen of Azerbaijani origin, Said Nuri, has been deported from Azerbaijan after what he called days of intimidation and harassment.
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Azeri Activist Slams Sex Video

A sexually explicit video showing former activist Said Nuri has been posted on the Internet in what Nuri says is an attempt by the Azerbaijani authorities to discredit him.
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Georgian Muslims Protest 'Desecration' Of Future Madrasah In Ajara

Muslims in Georgia condemned what they called the "desecration" of a planned Islamic school after a pig's head was nailed to the door of a building that is expected to house a madrasah.
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