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Fears Lebanon is sliding back to civil war after street violence in Beirut on Thursday

Fears Lebanon is sliding back to civil war after street violence in Beirut on Thursday

Lebanon has a history of decades of sectarian strife between Christians and Muslims, and groups within them. Foreign interference since the 1950's has made Lebanon a battle field for Middle East states and groups to fight proxy wars. The latest incidents raise concerns of a further deterioration of what is already for many Lebanese people a very dire situation.
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Thousands rally in Tbilisi calling for the release of former president Saakashvili

Thousands rally in Tbilisi calling for the release of former president Saakashvili

Saakashvili remains popular with some segments of Georgian society, particularly in Western Georgia. Thousands travelled to Tbilisi to participate in the rally. However many Georgians have negative memories of Saakashvili's presidency and do not want to see his return to public office.

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Commentary: Maintaining a peaceful environment ahead of Georgia’s election

Commentary: Maintaining a peaceful environment ahead of Georgia’s election

The United States Ambassador to Georgia, Ian Kelly, this week was quoted as describing the campaign ahead of the 8 October parliamentary elections as "very good and exemplary". Indeed, those familiar with Georgia's election history are pleasantly surprised, but point out that there are two weeks of campaigning yet, and of course election day itself, and surprises cannot be excluded.
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Azerbaijan celebrates independence day

Azerbaijan celebrates independence day

President Ilham Aliev inaugurated the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the country's independence. Azerbaijan’s Supreme Council adopted the Constitutional Act on State Independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 18 October 1991, and this was later confirmed by a popular referendum in December 1991.