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Russia must pay price over Ukraine: Georgia official

Russia must be made to pay a high price over the Ukraine crisis and cannot be allowed to do as it wants in eastern Europe, Georgia's ambassador to NATO said Tuesday. "The price that Russia has to pay should be quite high," ambassador Levan Dolidze told AFP. As Moscow shows no signs of changing course on Ukraine after winning Crimea, "it is critical that the West be actively engaged in the region," to show it will stand up to Russian pressure, Dolidze said.

Russia claims Chechen militant leader Umarov 'neutralised'

Russia's security service confirmed Tuesday that Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, whose Caucasus Emirate group claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks, had been "neutralised" after insurgents announced his death last month. The director of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, said that "the activities of the head of the Caucasus Emirate terrorist organisation, Umarov, have been neutralised". Bortnikov was speaking at a meeting of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, which quoted him on its website without giving any further details.

Russia confirms death of Islamist militant, its most wanted man

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Tuesday it had killed Moscow's most wanted man, Islamist insurgency leader Doku Umarov, in a combat operation. A website sympathetic to the insurgency in the North Caucasus said on March 18 that Umarov was dead but the Russian authorities had not previously confirmed the report.

Once a Soviet hub, Armenia looks to revive its tech sector

Once seen as a silicon valley of the Soviet Union, the tiny Caucasus nation of Armenia is hoping the launch of its first tablet computer and smartphone could kickstart a comeback for the country's tech sector. Designed -- and soon set to be constructed -- in Armenia, the ArmPhone and ArmTab devices are seen as a key steppingstone as the landlocked state seeks to overcome crippling trade blockades from its neighbours to become an unlikely industry hub.

Ukraine recalls envoy to Armenia over Crimea spat

Ukraine's interim government recalled its ambassador to Yerevan for consultations on Friday after Armenia's president backed Russia's annexation of Crimea, the foreign ministry said. As well as recalling ambassador Ivan Kukhta, acting foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsya summoned the Armenian envoy in Kiev to express his "deep concern" at Yerevan's position, his office said in a statement.

North Caucasus rebel leader Umarov dead, replaced: website

By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's most wanted man, Doku Umarov, is dead and has been replaced as the leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, a website that sympathizes with the militants said on Tuesday. Umarov's forces have claimed responsibility for several deadly bombings, including in Moscow. His death has been reported several times by the Kremlin-backed leader of the Chechnya region, but never before by Umarov's sympathizers.

Rebel website says Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov is dead

Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, whose Caucasus Emirate group claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks in Russia over the last years, has been killed, the pro-insurgency website Kavkaz Center said Tuesday. "The leadership of the Caucasus Emirate officially announces the martyrdom of Emir Dokku Abu Usman," it said, using the Arabised nom-de-guerre of Doku Umarov. It gave no details of how he was said to have been killed and there was no confirmation from the Russian authorities. sjw/ec

Georgia avalanche kills four snowboarders

An avalanche has killed two French and two German snowboarders in the Caucasus mountains of northern Georgia, police in the former Soviet republic said on Saturday. The four, whose names have not been made public, died on Thursday night in the Svaneti region, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Nino Giorgobiani told AFP. Initial reports suggested they were mountaineers. Rescue teams have recovered all four bodies, she added. A fifth member of the group, a French national, survived unharmed and has been evacuated.

Gunmen preventing OSCE monitors from entering Crimea

Gunmen were preventing a group of 40 military observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from entering Crimea on Thursday for a monitoring mission, a Western diplomatic source told AFP. "They are stuck but they are not turning back. They are not being allowed in by two groups of armed people -- very professional, very well-trained," the source said. The source said the standoff began at around 1100 GMT and quoted the gunmen as saying "they were told not to let in a group but they were not sure if this was the one".

Gunmen preventing OSCE monitors from entering Crimea

Gunmen were preventing a group of 40 military observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from entering Crimea on Thursday for a monitoring mission, a Western diplomatic source told AFP. "They are stuck but they are not turning back. They are not being allowed in by two groups of armed people -- very professional, very well-trained," the source said. The source said the standoff began at around 1100 GMT and quoted the gunmen as saying "they were told not to let in a group but they were not sure if this was the one".
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