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Four militants killed in Russia anti-terror raid

Four militants have been killed after Russian special forces stormed an apartment in St Petersburg as part of an anti-terrorism operation – according to…

Four militants have been killed after Russian special forces stormed an apartment in St Petersburg as part of an anti-terrorism operation – according to…

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Life's a beach in Batumi, Georgia's top Black Sea resort

A jewel on the Black Sea, the Georgian resort of Batumi is also known as the party capital of the region. The main city of Adjara, an autonomous

A jewel on the Black Sea, the Georgian resort of Batumi is also known as the party capital of the region. The main city of Adjara, an autonomous

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Traveller's diary: Batumi

Batumi is Georgia’s party capital, and the main reason people come here from across the region is its spirit of freedom and fun. Georgian laws are

Batumi is Georgia’s party capital, and the main reason people come here from across the region is its spirit of freedom and fun. Georgian laws are

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Kakheti: Georgia's cradle of wine

Kakheti is Georgia’s main wine-producing region in the country’s east. Wine grapes have been cultivated in these lands for 8,000 years, which

Kakheti is Georgia’s main wine-producing region in the country’s east. Wine grapes have been cultivated in these lands for 8,000 years, which

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Traveler’s diary: Kakheti

“Every village man must have a vineyard. First come your vines, then your family”,- says Davit, who lives with his extended family in a stone cottage

“Every village man must have a vineyard. First come your vines, then your family”,- says Davit, who lives with his extended family in a stone cottage

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Warming to Tbilisi

In the first of our series exploring the sights and delights of Georgia, Georgian Life, we begin our journey in the country’s largest city and its

In the first of our series exploring the sights and delights of Georgia, Georgian Life, we begin our journey in the country’s largest city and its

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Traveler’s diary: Tbilisi

It’s generally acknowledged that in Tbilisi old meets new, and the East meets the West. However, once you come to visit, you’ll probably find out

It’s generally acknowledged that in Tbilisi old meets new, and the East meets the West. However, once you come to visit, you’ll probably find out

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Copper craft: precious metal and traditions in Lahic

Copper has forged the history of the Azeri village of Lahic. The community, nestled in the southern Caucasus, feels much further away in time and

Copper has forged the history of the Azeri village of Lahic. The community, nestled in the southern Caucasus, feels much further away in time and

Culture

Traveller's diary: Lahic

The hammering of coppersmiths is the first thing you hear as you arrive in Lahic. This little village of the Ismailly Rayon, one of the 59 districts

The hammering of coppersmiths is the first thing you hear as you arrive in Lahic. This little village of the Ismailly Rayon, one of the 59 districts

Culture

Getting a glow of health in the land of fire

The land of Azerbaijan is rich in wonders, among them the soothing oils of Naftalan. Its benefits can be enjoyed at resorts around the city and

The land of Azerbaijan is rich in wonders, among them the soothing oils of Naftalan. Its benefits can be enjoyed at resorts around the city and

Culture

Traveller's diary: nature's cures

Our crew discovered one of the most cosy and unusual ways of staying in good shape – the naftalan oil hot baths. Unfortunately I could not try it

Our crew discovered one of the most cosy and unusual ways of staying in good shape – the naftalan oil hot baths. Unfortunately I could not try it

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Talking tradition: at home with the Udis

The Azeri village of Nij is home to descendants of people who lived long ago in Caucasian Albania. The Udis are one of the most ancient peoples of

The Azeri village of Nij is home to descendants of people who lived long ago in Caucasian Albania. The Udis are one of the most ancient peoples of

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Traveller's diary: Nij

When we arrived at Nij the first thing which caught my attention was the wonderfully-braided fences made out of local trees. If I could paint I would

When we arrived at Nij the first thing which caught my attention was the wonderfully-braided fences made out of local trees. If I could paint I would

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Azeri village offers window onto past

In 1834 members of the Molokan religious community set up home in a rural area of Azerbaijan.Families settled there after being exiled from Russia

In 1834 members of the Molokan religious community set up home in a rural area of Azerbaijan.Families settled there after being exiled from Russia

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Traveller's diary: Ivanovka

Ivanovka is a village that tastes like a dream. The Molokans treasure the past and take it into the future. Ivanovka is provided with natural gas

Ivanovka is a village that tastes like a dream. The Molokans treasure the past and take it into the future. Ivanovka is provided with natural gas

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Islamist website says North Caucasus rebel leader Umarov is dead

A website sympathetic to Islamist militants fighting Russian rule in the North Caucasus said on Tuesday the insurgency’s leader, Doku Umarov, had

A website sympathetic to Islamist militants fighting Russian rule in the North Caucasus said on Tuesday the insurgency’s leader, Doku Umarov, had

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Car bomb kills three in southern Russia

A car bomb has killed three people in southern Russia, according to officials. It is seen as a worrying development six weeks before the country

A car bomb has killed three people in southern Russia, according to officials. It is seen as a worrying development six weeks before the country

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Several killed in car bombing in southern Russia

A car bomb has killed at least three people in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk near the violence-plagued Caucasus on Friday, according to the

A car bomb has killed at least three people in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk near the violence-plagued Caucasus on Friday, according to the

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Ingushetia official killed in ambush

Ahmed Kotiev, the top security official in the Russian Caucasus republic of Ingushetia has been killed in an ambush. He was well known as being very

Ahmed Kotiev, the top security official in the Russian Caucasus republic of Ingushetia has been killed in an ambush. He was well known as being very

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Chechen militant Umarov threatens to attack Sochi Olympics - video

Chechen Islamist militant leader Doku Umarov has urged his followers to prevent the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia – according to a video posted

Chechen Islamist militant leader Doku Umarov has urged his followers to prevent the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia – according to a video posted

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Car bomb destroys Russian checkpoint

A suicide bomber blew up his car at a police checkpoint in Russia’s North Caucasus region on Tuesday, killing a policeman and severely wounding three

A suicide bomber blew up his car at a police checkpoint in Russia’s North Caucasus region on Tuesday, killing a policeman and severely wounding three

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Renewed fighting in North Caucasus kills 24

At least 24 people have been killed during five days of fighting on the border between Chechnya and Dagestan in Russia’s North Caucasus. Officials

At least 24 people have been killed during five days of fighting on the border between Chechnya and Dagestan in Russia’s North Caucasus. Officials

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Medvedev vows to crush insurgents

Russia’s president has vowed to crush Islamist rebels fighting for independence in the country’s northern Caucasus. Dmitry Medvedev’s tough talking

Russia’s president has vowed to crush Islamist rebels fighting for independence in the country’s northern Caucasus. Dmitry Medvedev’s tough talking

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The fruits of peace

Because peace depends on stability, there is a NATO programme that focuses on scientific environmental cooperation, for example over water management

Because peace depends on stability, there is a NATO programme that focuses on scientific environmental cooperation, for example over water management

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'Militants' strike Chechen presidents home village

At least 19 people have been killed in a gun battle in the birth place of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. The Kremlin-backed leader personally

At least 19 people have been killed in a gun battle in the birth place of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. The Kremlin-backed leader personally

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Ten militants die in the north Caucasus

Russian special forces have killed ten insurgents during two operations in the north Caucasus. Five died during a siege in Nalchik, the regional

Russian special forces have killed ten insurgents during two operations in the north Caucasus. Five died during a siege in Nalchik, the regional

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Two dead in Russian power station attack

Islamist militants have killed two people and injured two others in an attack on a hydroelectric power station in Russia’s North Caucasus

Islamist militants have killed two people and injured two others in an attack on a hydroelectric power station in Russia’s North Caucasus

Europe

EU talks with Georgia

The EU and Georgia today formally opened negotiations for an Association Agreement aimed at reinforcing links between the ex Soviet satelite state

The EU and Georgia today formally opened negotiations for an Association Agreement aimed at reinforcing links between the ex Soviet satelite state