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Russian weightlifter Natalya Zabolotnaya (L) after receiving her silver medal in the London 2012 Olympics poses with Belarus's Iryna Kulesha (R), the bronze medalist, and gold medalist Svetlana Podobedova from Kazakhstan (middle).

Ex-Soviet State Weightlifters Suspended

Three Russian Olympic medalists are among 11 weightlifters, mostly from ex-Soviet states, who tested positive for banned drugs in retests of samples from the 2012 London Games. More

EU Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn (file photo)

EU Official Says Visa-Free Travel For Georgians By October

The EU official responsible for the bloc's enlargement says that Georgian citizens should be able to travel to Europe without a visa by October. More

Pope Francis talks to journalists on his flight back to Rome following a visit to Armenia on June 26.

Pope To Meet With Leaders Of Several Faiths On Trip To Tbilisi, Baku

Pope Francis will meet with Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders during a trip to the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan from September 30 to October 2. More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Video U.S., Georgia Deepen Military Ties

The United States and Georgia plan to deepen their military cooperation as Secretary of State John Kerry underscored Washington’s commitment to supporting the ex-Soviet nation in its long-running standoff with two separatist regions backed by Russia. More

Former Interior Minister Leonid Dzapshba

Abkhazia Dismisses 'Interior Minister' In Response To Protests

Opposition protesters in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia have attempted to storm the de facto government’s Interior Ministry building to demand the resignation of the territory’s top police official. More

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Two Senior Abkhaz Officials Resign

The failure earlier this month of a bid by opposition parties to mobilize the population of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia to participate in a referendum on holding an early presidential election has not defused political tensions. More

Abkhaz Referendum Fails, But Political Standoff Continues

Hopes for an end to the protracted standoff between pro-government and opposition forces in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia have proven premature. More
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Features & Commentary

Video In Wake Of Blown Coup, Turkey Takes Global Aim At Gulen Movement

As Turkey cracks down hard on perceived enemies like the Gulen movement at home, it also looks set to escalate the controversy over the global Islamic education movement by pressing other countries to follow suit.

NATO-Russia Council: From High Hopes To Broken Dreams

The NATO-Russia Council began as a promising effort to bury the Cold War past, but it has been on a downhill slide for the better part of a decade.

Explainer: The ‘Holy And Great Council’ Of Orthodox Churches

The first gathering of the "Holy and Great Council" of Orthodox churches in more than a millennium has been in preparation for 55 years, but infighting began even before the event could begin this week on the Greek island of Crete.

Photogallery Russian Return To ‘Soviet Riviera’ Brings Hope, Concern To Breakaway Abkhazia

Russian vacationers are the lifeblood of Abkhazia, and the breakaway Georgian region is getting an infusion as the number of visitors from its giant patron grows. But a dispute over whether to let foreigners buy property in the lush Black Sea territory reflects concerns over the extent of Russia’s clout.

In Zika-Risk Zone, No Buzz Despite WHO Warning

In breakaway Abkhazia, officials and vacationers are outwardly unconcerned about what the World Health Organization warns is a high risk of local transmission of the Zika virus. At the same time, though, Russian and separatist authorities say they have renewed a Soviet-era mosquito fumigation program for the first time in more than 20 years.
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