Thursday, March 05, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Tsarnaev's Lawyer Admits He Planted 2013 Boston Marathon Bombs

Gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings were recounted to jurors in Boston on March 4 as lawyers for the ethnic Chechen on trial for the attack admitted he carried out the assault.
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Saakashvili Urges U.S. To Arm Ukraine

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, now serving as an adviser to the administration of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, has called on the United States to provide Ukraine with lethal military weapons.
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Hollande Statement On Halting NATO Enlargement Under Scrutiny

A statement by French President Francois Hollande about temporarily halting NATO enlargement process is being reviewed in Montenegro and Georgia.
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Azerbaijan Detains Six On Suspicion Of Terrorism

Six men have been arrested in Azerbaijan on suspicion of planning terrorist acts in the country.
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Kyrgyzstan Scraps Graduation Exams In Uzbek Language

Kyrgyzstan says that starting this year, it will not be possible to take secondary school graduation tests in the Uzbek language.
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Baku Rights Record Slammed Ahead Of Games

Amnesty International has criticized Azerbaijan's human rights record as the country prepares to host the inaugural European Games.
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EU Mulls Neighbor Policy, Russia Ties

The European Commission is questioning whether to drop its European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and appears open to the possibility of closer cooperation with Russia.
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Georgia Criticizes Russia's 'Aggression'

Georgia's foreign minister has urged Russia to "stop its aggressive policies against sovereign states," saying that Moscow’s "aggression" against Ukraine is not an isolated case.
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Saakashvili, Nuland Discuss Ukraine Crisis

A U.S. State Department official says former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili met with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Washington this week to discuss the Ukraine crisis.
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Ex-Police Chief Detained In Turkey Over Journalist's 2007 Murder

A former Turkish police intelligence chief has been detained as part of an investigation into negligence by officials in the 2007 murder of ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
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