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Margarita Antidze

Fuel train explodes on main Georgian railway

A fuel train exploded on Sunday on Georgia's main east-west rail line and police said it appeared to have hit a landmine.

US says Russian pullback in Georgia ‘far too slow’

Russia promised to complete a pull back of troops from Georgia by the end of Friday but said a number of ''peacekeeping forces'' would stay.

Georgia, Russia clash over truce ‘violations’

Georgia accused Russia of breaking a shaky ceasefire in their six-day-old conflict on Wednesday, a charge strongly denied by Moscow.

Russia orders halt to war in Georgia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered a halt to military operations in Georgia on Tuesday, after five days of fighting.

‘Hundreds dead’ as Russia enters Georgia conflict

Russia has sent forces into Georgia to repel a Georgian assault on the breakaway South Ossetia region, with reports of ''hundreds of dead civilians''.

Fighting rages in Georgian separatist capital

Fighting raged in and around the capital of Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region on Friday as Georgian troops pounded separatist forces.

New battle in Georgian rebel region; fears of war

Georgia and South Ossetian separatists reported a heavy battle involving artillery on Thursday in the breakaway region.

UN: Russia shot down Georgian spy plane

The United Nations said on Monday that a Russian air force plane shot down an unmanned Georgian spy drone over Abkhazia last month, strengthening Tbilisi's claims that Moscow is aiding the rebel territory.The UN report was the weightiest independent endorsement to date of Tbilisi's allegation that a Russian jet downed its spy plane on April 20.

Saakashvili leads vote, opposition cries foul

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili declared victory on Thursday in a parliamentary election that the opposition said was rigged in his favour and vowed to challenge by calling street protests. Saakashvili said Wednesday's vote was fair, but the rigging allegations and the threat of protests will test his claim to lead the most democratic state in the region.

Georgia opposition leader dies suddenly in London

Wealthy Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, who led and financed a big opposition campaign against President Mikhail Saakashvili, has died in London, one of his aides said on Wednesday. A report on Georgian public television said the businessman had died of a heart attack.

Georgia says Russian jets dropped unexploded bomb

Ex-Soviet Georgia said on Tuesday that two Russian fighter jets had violated its airspace and dropped a 700kg bomb, but this had not exploded. Shota Utiashvili, the head of the interior ministry's public relations department, said that the bomb was dropped on the village of Tsitelubani, about 65km north-west of Tbilisi.

Georgia hands over Russian ‘spies’

Georgia on Monday handed over to international mediators four Russian army officers whose arrest on spying charges triggered the worst crisis in years between the ex-Soviet neighbours. As the handover was going ahead, Moscow ignored international appeals for a similar goodwill gesture and announced it would cut air, sea and land links between the two countries.

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