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May 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Peace talks aimed at healing rifts from the Russian-Georgian war broke down before they could start when the delegations from Russia and Georgia's two separatist provinces refused to take part, mediators said. "The co-chairs strongly regret the walkout by the Russian participants," the U.N., European Union and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said. It was supposed to be the first meeting since February between Georgia, Russia and Russia's allies from the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
April 11, 2009 | Associated Press
About 20,000 demonstrators Friday kept up the pressure on Georgia's president to resign, with some pelting his residence with cabbages and carrots on a second day of protests. President Mikheil Saakashvili rejected their demands and called for talks. The crowd was smaller than on Thursday, a national holiday, when three times as many demonstrators jammed the capital's main avenue, but the protests showed no sign of ending.
April 10, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
They crammed into the streets by the tens of thousands Thursday, students and pensioners and merchants. They stood on the same scrap of ground, in front of the Stalinist stone hulk of the Georgian parliament building, demanding democracy and screaming the same slogan: Tzadi! (Go!) This time, adoring crowds were not gathered to sweep the young, flamboyant Mikheil Saakashvili to power. Little more than five years after they cheered the U.S.
October 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia has not fully complied with a cease-fire in Georgia, France's foreign minister said. Moscow pulled troops out of buffer zones near two separatist regions this week before a Friday deadline set out in the France-brokered cease-fire. But Russian troops have remained in other areas that had been under Georgian control before the war. Asked whether Russia had honored the cease-fire deal, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, in the Georgian town of Gori, near South Ossetia, told reporters, "I think so, but partly."
October 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A car exploded Friday, killing seven soldiers outside Russia's military headquarters in South Ossetia, and Russian authorities said it was a terrorist bombing meant to wreck the tense cease-fire that ended the war with Georgia. Georgia's Interior Ministry blamed Russia, accusing it of arranging the blast to provide a pretext for delaying next week's scheduled withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgian territory around South Ossetia and another Kremlin-backed separatist region, Abkhazia.
September 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia cemented its ties with Georgia's two breakaway provinces by signing friendship treaties envisaging close economic and military cooperation. President Dmitry Medvedev pledged that Russia would protect Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia recognized as independent after its war last month with Georgia. Georgia dismissed the treaties as legally void, saying the regions remain part of Georgia. In Australia, a parliamentary committee recommended that the nation not ratify a treaty that would allow its uranium to be sold to Russia for power generation, partly because of the Russian troop presence in Georgia.
September 7, 2008 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Harry Chandler, a major 20th century mover and shaker, newspaper publisher and Los Angeles real estate mogul, was instrumental in the development of the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. He also helped launch a number of L.A. landmarks, such as the Ambassador Hotel and the California Institute of Technology. When it came to building his own home, the Los Angeles Times publisher -- from 1917 until his death in 1944 -- chose five acres in the Los Feliz area, the hilly terrain at the southern end of Griffith Park.
September 4, 2008 | James Gerstenzang and Paul Richter, Times Staff Writers
Offering new support for Georgia after its losing military clash with Russia last month, President Bush said Wednesday that the United States would provide up to $1 billion in assistance to the beleaguered Caucasus nation. But by including no money for Georgia's military, the White House appeared to be trying to avoid irritating Moscow while the region remains tense. Although Bush administration officials said they were considering rearming the Georgians, funds in the two-year package announced Wednesday are for economic and humanitarian assistance.
September 3, 2008 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
She's a soldier in a different kind of war. Every few months, Nini Gogiberidze is deployed abroad to teach democracy activists how to agitate for change against their autocratic governments, going everywhere from Eastern Europe to train Belarusians to Turkey to coach Iranians. Gogiberidze is among Georgia's "velvet" revolutionaries, a group of Western and local activists who make up a robust pro-democracy corps in this Caucasus country -- so much of it funded by American philanthropist George Soros that one analyst calls the nation Sorosistan.
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