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Nobody puts anything dodgy in emails any more. But if they did, there'd be plenty of Jo Moores whizzing round Whitehall this weekend. Remember her? She was the civil servant who, minutes after the second plane crashed into the World Trade Center, cheerfully rattled off a note saying it was "a very good to day to get out anything we want to bury. Councillors' expenses?"

Breakaway Georgian republic goes to the polls

Voters in Georgia's breakaway republic of South Ossetia were choosing a new president yesterday for the first time since Georgia and Russia fought a brief war over control of the territory in 2008.

Medvedev reignites war of words over blame for Georgia conflict

Three years after the short, bitter war that left hundreds dead and redrew the map of the Caucasus, Russia and Georgia have been trading insults and accusations over what happened in the run-up to the conflict.

Sergei Bagapsh: Politician who guided the Republic of Abkhazia through its troubled beginnings

Sergei Bagapsh was the second president of the Republic of Abkhazia, the region of Georgia that broke away in 1993. He played a crucial role in guiding the country through troubled years.

Mikheil Saakashvili: 'The land they took is rocky. Its only use is for attacking us'

The President of Georgia tells Kim Sengupta how he hopes to win support in his struggle against his nation's powerful neighbour, Russia – with a little help from Hollywood

Russia raises its price to rescue Nato from Afghan quagmire

Russia is setting out tougher terms for Nato, in return for its assistance in Afghanistan, with demands that the Alliance restricts the number of troops it bases in member countries which were former members of the Warsaw Pact. Moscow has agreed in principle to supply "several dozen" military helicopters and has started training Afghan security forces. Talks are also under way for Nato to bring in arms and ammunition through Russian territory as an alternative to a Pakistani route, which has come under repeated Taliban attack.

Russian troops finally leave South Ossetia border post

Russian troops have pulled out of a village on the Georgian border, just outside breakaway South Ossetia, which had been occupied in spite of Georgian and EU objections for more than two years since a brief war over the breakaway region.

William Dunbar: They forced me out for telling the truth about Georgia

The frustration I felt at not being able to cover the biggest news story of my career was immense'

One More Year, By Sana Krasikov

The young women who populate Sana Krasikov's prize-winning short stories are tired of waiting for life to begin. New arrivals from the former Soviet Republics, they have made it to America only to exchange dismal apartments in Nizhniy Novgorod and South Ossetia for small, over-heated rooms in Yonkers and White Plains.

Do We Look Like Refugees?!, Assembly@George Street, Edinburgh

Alecky Blythe's latest verbatim piece is based on interviews collected at the Tserovani refugee camp, outside Tbilisi. A cast of five Georgian actors from the distinguished Rustaveli Theatre plays hundreds of characters, thrown together in a makeshift community following the 2008 war in South Ossetia.

The sheriffs of the wild web

The internet has its very own magnificent seven. They are a group of security experts across the globe who can reboot cyberspace if it comes under attack. Jerome Taylor discovers more

Russia deploys new air defence systems

Russia has deployed its hi-tech air-defence missile systems in the disputed Georgian region of Abkhazia, it confirmed yesterday. The presence of the advanced S-300 system, which can detect, track and destroy cruise and ballistic missiles and aircraft, sent a defiant signal from Moscow to Tbilisi and the West two years after a war with Georgia.

Russia celebrates Georgian victory

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Leading article: Misplaced pessimism over Kosovan independence

The International Court of Justice's ruling in favour of Kosovo's independence has stunned both Serbs and Kosovo Albanians, while prompting fears that it may encourage separatist movements the world over. Considered opinion was that the court would sit on the fence, allowing Serbs and Albanians to draw their own interpretations. Instead, the judges' non-binding advice sides more clearly with the Albanians than anyone expected.

James Ker-Lindsay: Legal or not, this has not solved issue of recognition

While they will be celebrating in Pristina, and there is no doubt that in a broad sense this is a victory for Kosovo, yesterday's ruling opinion is far more complex.

Clinton backs Georgia on Russia 'occupation'

On the last leg of her eastern Europe tour, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a firm message of support to Georgia yesterday, seeking to ease the former Soviet country's fears that its interests were being sacrificed in the name of America "resetting" relations with Russia.

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