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Azerbaijani Opposition Leader Mammadov Released From Prison

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
The leader of Azerbaijan's opposition Republican Alternative (REAL) party has been released from prison after serving more than five years of his seven-year term.
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Caspian Summit Delivers Less Than Expected

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
While the leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan did sign an agreement on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, it was clear that some of the same issues that prevented an agreement that suited all five countries remained. (The views expressed in this blog post do not
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Five Leaders Attend Caspian Summit

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
Leaders of countries sharing the shores of the Caspian Sea have met in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rohani, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Turkmen President Gurbanguly
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Five States Sign Convention On Caspian Legal Status

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
The leaders of the five Caspian Sea countries are meeting in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau to sign a convention in an effort to resolve major differences over the resource-rich body's legal status.
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Close Combat: NATO Troops Train With Georgians

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
Ten years after Georgia fought a five-day war with Russia over disputed territories, thousands of Georgian troops are training with NATO and other forces outside of Tbilisi. This is the fourth edition of the annual "Noble Partner" exercises.
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Convention On Caspian Sea's Legal Status To Be Signed On August 12, Kremlin Says

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
The Kremlin says that, after more than two decades of negotiations, leaders of the five Caspian Sea countries will sign a convention on the resource-rich sea's legal status at a summit in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau on August 12.
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A Landmark Caspian Agreement -- And What It Resolves

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan meet in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau this weekend. Many observers expect them to sign a long-awaited agreement to resolve territorial questions about the Caspian Sea and possibly clear the way for the export of enormous amounts
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Jailed Anticorruption Blogger In Azerbaijan Allowed To Attend Mother's Funeral

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
A jailed Azerbaijani anticorruption blogger was allowed to attend his mother's funeral on August 7.
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U.S. Identifies Russians Detained On Fraud, Money-Laundering Allegations

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
The U.S. Justice Department has made public the identities of four Russian citizens arrested by the FBI in New York on suspicion of money laundering and collusive fraud.
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Azerbaijan: A River Of Illegal Drugs Runs Through It

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
A small district along Azerbaijan's southern border with Iran is feeling the ill effects of being along one of the world's major drug-trade routes.
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U.S. Special Counsel Mueller Wants To Interview Singer Agalarov, Lawyer Says

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview Emin Agalarov, an Azerbaijani-Russian pop star and former son-in-law of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, a lawyer for Agalarov says.
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Tbilisi's old town: a bridge between ancient and modern times

{The Week} | georgia / Art / CAUCASIA
Tbilisi's old town: a bridge between ancient and modern times ​ Video on "euronews" In Georgia's capital city Tbilisi modernity and ancient history are separated by just a few meters. Walking through the city centre is an experience made of contrasts and beautiful discoveries in a town which has
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Georgia Lashes Out At Russia Ahead Of U.S.-Led War Games

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
Georgia's president, Giorgi Margvelashvili, condemned Russia's illegal ocupation of part of his country on August 1 as he opened two weeks of military exercises with the United States and several other NATO members.
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More Than One--Quarter Of Russians Ready To Protest: Levada Poll

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
A new poll shows that more than one-quarter of Russians are ready to protest against the economic policies of President Vladimir Putin's government -- the highest number since Putin came to power in 2000.
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Armies From 13 Countries Launch Drills In Georgia

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
Military exercises called Noble Partner 2018 kicked off on August 1 at the Vaziani base near Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. Some 1,300 troops from Georgia, 1,170 from the United States, and around 500 others are taking part in the drills. The participating countries include NATO allies as well as
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Protesters In Ukraine Demand Probe Into Acid Attack Against Activist

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
Dozens of protesters gathered in Ukraine's southern city of Kherson on August 1, demanding a thorough investigation into a recent acid attack against a local activist.
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Ukrainian Leader Poroshenko Looks To Sue Russia Over Donbas, Crimea

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the creation of a body to prepare a lawsuit against Russia for damages caused by separatists whom Moscow supports in the Donbas region and for its illegal annexation of the Crimea Peninsula.
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Iran's Parliament Summons Rohani Over Economic Woes Amid Street Protests

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
Iranian lawmakers have given President Hassan Rohani one month to appear before parliament to answer questions amid growing public discontent over the country's deepening economic difficulties.
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OSCE Envoy 'Saddened And Shocked' By Killing Of Russian Journalists

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) media freedom representative says he is "deeply saddened and shocked" by the killing of three Russian journalists who were investigating the activities of a Russian paramilitary organization in the Central African Republic.
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Ethnic Kazakh Who Testified About 'Reeducation Camps' In China Will Not Be Deported

{The Week} | CAUCASIA
A court in Kazakhstan has convicted ethnic Kazakh Chinese citizen Sairagul Sauytbay of illegal border crossing, but ordered her release and said she will not be deported to China, where she feared she would face "the most extreme" punishment.
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