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Friday, July 11 2008, #130 (1646)

Russia says it sent warplanes over South Ossetia to ‘prevent bloodshed’

Moscow confirmed yesterday that its warplanes flew over separatist-controlled Georgian territory this week to “let hot heads in Tbilisi cool down,” prompting a furious Georgian government to recall its ambassador to Russia. (more)

Rice calls for high-level talks on Georgian conflicts

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called for an end to the violence in Georgia’s two breakaway regions and high-level talks on the conflicts as she finished a visit to Tbilisi yesterday. (more)

Saakashvili proposes Georgia-Russia security commission for Sochi Olympics

Yesterday President Mikheil Saakashvili proposed creating a joint Georgian-Russian commission to ensure security at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (more)

State minister: Georgia in ‘low-intensity conflict’

Shortly after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice finished her short trip to Tbilisi yesterday the Messenger interviewed the country’s top official for conflict issues, Temur Iakobashvili. (more)

The News in Brief

Opposition election documentary released on internet. (more)

Voronin: Moldova to stay in GUAM

Moldova is not entertaining the idea of leaving the Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova (GUAM) regional organization, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin said on July 8. (more)

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“Protest rally in front of US embassy”

Was Russia justified to fly jets over South Ossetia on July 9 to, as it said, “prevent bloodshed”?
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