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Injury means Wales star will be out until end of August

Neil Lennon is at the centre of celebrations after Celtic clinch the title

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Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright has been told he is a target of the probe

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To prove a political point, President Mikheil Saakashvili drove the car, which he says is his personal vehicle paid for with his own money, to Tbilisi airport ahead of an official visit to neighbouring Azerbaijan

President who drove himself to the airport – with his wife as a guard

Georgian leader takes to road in protest at jibes over his opulence – and security he can’t trust

Iran 'must be stopped' says Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Iran is destabilising the world and its aggression must be stopped.

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

Roméo et Juliette: From civil war to La Scala

They say singing is hard-wired into the Georgian soul, and when you hear a Tbilisi family break into perfect counterpoint in a "table song" – no matter how much alcohol they've drunk – you realise the truth of this. Factor in the intensity of Georgian musical training, and it's no surprise that this strife-torn land produces so many fine singers.

Georgia's ethnic cleansing claims 'fabricated'

Russia accused Georgia of making up allegations of ethnic cleansing in its breakaway provinces after Tbilisi failed to regain control of the areas in a five-day war.

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.

Prom 26: World Orchestra for Peace/Tilling/Gergiev, Royal Albert Hall

Vladimir Putin’s favourite conductors both travel with excess baggage.

Elisabeth Leonskaya, Wigmore Hall, London

There is something leonine about Elisabeth Leonskaya as she sits down to play, and the arpeggiated first chord of Schubert’s F minor Impromptu heralds the most massive statement I've ever heard of its opening theme.

Vladislav Ardzinba: Historian who became the first President of Abkhazia

Vladislav Ardzinba, who died after suffering for almost a decade from a mysterious and increasingly debilitating illness, was a wartime leader and the first president of Abkhazia. He was born in May 1945 in the village of Lower Eshera (just north of Abkhazia's capital, Sukhumi), where his father taught history. He worked at Moscow's Oriental Institute under Yevgenij Primakov, who, as Russian Foreign Minister, was later to play a role in the post-war Georgian-Abkhazian negotiating process.

Fellow Georgians, Russia has declared war, the President is dead... er, only joking

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No rest for Georgian leader as he's dug up for third time

He has already been dug up twice and it seems that Georgia's first president, the late Zviad Gamsakhurdia, will never be able to rest in peace.

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