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Wednesday, July 9 2008, #128 (1644)

South Ossetia releases Georgian soldiers

South Ossetia’s separatist authorities released four Georgian servicemen held overnight after foreign diplomats intervened yesterday. Georgia’s president had threatened a police operation to free them. (more)

UN, EU call for restraint over Abkhazia

The UN Secretary General called for “maximum restraint” yesterday after a series of bombings in Abkhazia threatened to plunge the region into greater violence. (more)

Last pro-opposition TV station alleges state pressure

Authorities are telling businesses not to advertise with the country’s last pro-opposition television channel, its director claimed this week. (more)

Interview: HSBC Georgia chief Tony Turner

HSBC enters Georgian banking sector. (more)

The News in Brief

Human rights ombudsman criticizes party funding law. (more)

Secretary Rice comes at a perilous time

The United States secretary of state arrives in Tbilisi today amid the highest tensions in years. (more)

Poll: Most important criteria for appointing to top official positions

Kviris Palitra conducted an informal poll asking, “What are the most important criteria for appointing someone to a senior political position?" (more)

Turkey announces start date for Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railway construction

The inauguration ceremony of construction on the Turkish section of the Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railway will be held on July 24. (more)

Press Scanner

“We don’t have any incentive for Sanakoyev’s liquidation”

What would you like Georgian officials to tell US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice?
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