Thursday, May 05, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

U.S. Tanks In Georgia For Exercises

The U.S. Army has deployed Abrams battle tanks in Georgia for the first time, offloading the heavy armor at the Black Sea port of Poti for live-fire training exercises with forces from Georgia and the United Kingdom.
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Armenian Draft Bill Would Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia's government has approved a bill drafted by opposition lawmakers that calls for Yerevan to recognize the independence of Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
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Fourth Suspect Caught In High-Profile Murder Of Russian Police Chief

Russian investigators say a fourth suspect in the murder of a high-ranking police officer and five of his relatives has been apprehended.
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Police Kill Three Suspected Militants In Russia's Daghestan

Russian authorities say they have killed three militants in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan.
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Azerbaijani Soldier Killed In Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry says one of its soldiers was killed in an exchange of fire over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region on May 3.
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Video EU Enlargement Chief: No 'Discount' For Turkey On Visa Liberalization

The European Union's top enlargement official says that Turkey will not get an easier ride than Ukraine, Georgia, and Kosovo in securing a liberalized visa regime with the 28-member bloc.
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Video RFE/RL Azerbaijani Contributor Awarded UN Press Freedom Honor

The mother of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova has accepted the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on her daughter's behalf.
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'Stand Up For The Truth' -- Ismayilova's Words Of Defiance At Press Freedom Award Ceremony

Jailed Azerbaijani investigative Khadija Ismayilova has been awarded the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Ismayilova's mother Elmira picked up the award on Khadija's behalf and read out this speech that her daughter had written for the occasion.
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Religious Freedom Seen Deteriorating

The latest report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says religious freedom across the world deteriorated in 2015.
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Armenian Ex-Bailiffs Chief Investigated After Panama Leak

Armenia's Special Investigative Service has launched a probe into the activities of the former chief of the State Bailiffs Service in connection with alleged links to offshore companies.
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