Saturday, May 30, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Eyes Saakashvili As New Odesa Governor

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is considering appointing Mikheil Saakashvili, the fiercely pro-Western former president of Georgia, as governor of Ukraine's southwestern Odesa region.
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Video Armenians Say PM's Fish Farms Sucking Wells Dry

There was plenty of water in the Armenian village of Apaga just a few years ago, but that was before the surrounding region was dotted with new wells to supply fish farms, some owned by the prime minister and his family. Now, residents say Apaga's water supply is running dry -- and they doubt the government will do anything about it.
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Syria Calls For More Iraqi Coordination In Fight Against IS

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Russian, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers To Hold Talks

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov is in Moscow where he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
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Defiant And Mercurial, Chechnya's Kadyrov Flexes His Muscles

Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov has displayed an increasingly mercurial public persona in recent months amid heightened tensions between him and officials in Moscow.
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Sweden Beats Russia At Eurovision

Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, narrowly beating Russia and Italy in the international talent show.
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RFE/RL Closes Baku Bureau

RFE/RL has closed its Baku bureau, after Azerbaijani authorities sealed the office shut in December 2014 in connection with a government-led campaign against foreign organizations.
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Russia: EU Missed Chance To Narrow Split

Russia says the two-day EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has lost "another opportunity to make a step toward bridging a widening gap on the continent."
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News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

The EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has revealed a new split in Europe that divides the European Union's six "eastern partners" themselves.
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Video Disagreements Shadow EU Summit

Participants at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit have agreed on a final document affirming the bloc's relations with six neighboring countries in spite of sharp differences on key issues.
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