Thursday, January 29, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Armenian Vendors Continue Protesting New Tax Law

Hundreds of private vendors in Armenia have rallied in Yerevan against a new taxation law.
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Karabakh Officials Deny Azerbaijani Claim It Shot Down Drone

Azerbaijan says its forces had shot down an Armenian drone near the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, a claim that de facto officials in the separatist region rejected.
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Armenia Police Chief Says Protesters Will Be Prosecuted

Armenia's police chief Vladimir Gasparian says demonstrators accused of violating public order during protests over the killing of a family near Russia's military base in the South Caucasus nation will be prosecuted.
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Azerbaijani, Turkish, Turkmen Foreign Ministers Discuss Trilateral Ties

The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan held a rare trilateral meeting on January 29.
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Baku Bus Driver Stable After Self-Immolation

A bus driver in Baku has been hospitalized after setting himself on fire to protest alleged misconduct by the transport ministry.
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HRW: 'Big Mistake' For Governments To Ignore Human Rights During Crises

Human Rights Watch (HRW) warns in its annual world report that many governments across the globe are making a “big mistake” by ignoring human rights to counter security challenges.
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NATO Official Arrives In Tbilisi

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow has arrived in Tbilisi for a two-day visit that deals with Georgia’s prospective integration into the alliance.
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Georgian Foreign Minister To Meet Biden

Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili has begun her first working visit to the United States since assuming office in November.
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Advocate For Azerbaijani Rights Activist Attacked In Baku

A jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist's social defender and supporter has been attacked in Baku.
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Georgian Media, Rights Groups Say Bill Would Stifle Free Expression

Twenty Georgian media freedom and human rights groups joined more than a dozen news outlets in condemning a government-proposed bill criminalizing "strife-inciting calls."
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