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Georgia rebel region backs split, Tbilisi softens

Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence in a referendum tempered by signs that Tbilisi wanted to ease tensions with the separatists and their Russian backers. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili moved his hawkish Defence Minister Irakli Okruashvili to a new post on Friday, giving the strongest indication yet he wants to end a standoff that has poisoned relations with his bigger neighbour Russia. Full Story

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