Sunday, April 20, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

Armenia To Sign Agreement On Joining Customs Union In May-June

Armenian Economy Minister Vaghram Avanesian says his country will sign an agreement on joining the Russia-led Customs Union in May or June.
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Georgia Ex-Minister Akhalaia Cleared

The Tbilisi Court of Appeals has upheld the acquittal of Bacho Akhalaia on charges involving torture and the inhumane treatment of seven special task force servicemen when he served as Georgia's interior minister in 2012.
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Probe Launched Into 'Illegal Release' Of Reputed Kyrgyz Crime Boss

Investigations have been launched into last year's release of a reputed crime boss in Kyrgyzstan.
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McCain Urges Moldova's Euro Integration

U.S. Senator John McCain has reiterated his support for the continued integration of Moldova and Ukraine into European structures during a visit on April 17 to the Moldovan capital, Chisinau.
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Lawmaker, Driver Killed In Daghestan

A lawmaker in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan has been killed by unknown attackers.
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South Ossetia Frees Georgian Journalists

Three Georgian journalists have been freed after being detained earlier close to an administrative boundary line of the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
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EU's Fuele Hints At Economic Sanctions Against Russia

The EU's enlargement commissioner has warned Russia that EU sanctions can gradually be "enlarged to a broad range of economic areas" should Moscow continue to destabilize Ukraine.
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Russia-Georgia Talks Under Way

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin has called a sixth round of Moscow-Tbilisi talks on the normalization of bilateral ties "constructive."
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Boston Marks Bombing Anniversary

Boston has marked the one-year anniversary of the bombing at the U.S. city's annual marathon.
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Russia Says Four Militants Killed In Daghestan

Russian forces have killed four suspected militants in Daghestan during a security operation.
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