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· July, 2021

Stories about Breaking News from July, 2021

The Georgian Dream Party withdraws from EU-brokered deal with opposition

The governing Georgian Dream Party has pulled out of an EU-brokered agreement between the government and the opposition.

Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange accusations in renewed clashes

It was the deadliest clash since Russia brokered ceasefire ended the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in November 2020.

Russian internet censor blocks Team Navalny websites

Navalny's main website, navalny.com, as well as over 40 other webpages for Navalny's national network of campaign offices were added to Roskomnadzor's state registry for blocked websites.

Fresh clashes on Nakhchivan border

Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchanged fire along the border between Armenia and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan, just 66 kilometers from Yerevan.

Global investigation reveals Pegasus Project identified in Azerbaijan and elsewhere

Around 1,000 phone numbers belonging to users in Azerbaijan were identified, among them, prominent journalists, editors, rights defenders, lawyers, political activists, as well as their friends and family members.

Pegasus spyware revelation indicates Indian state snooping on journalists, activists and politicians

The Pegasus Project released a report detailing the potential hacking and surveillance of more than 1,000 activists, journalists and politicians from India using the Israeli-made spyware, Pegasus.

Government-appointed rector removed from office in an overnight decree

After six months of protests, government-appointed rector Melih Bulu was removed from office in a late-night presidential decree that was announced in the official gazette.

Pro-European party takes the lead in Moldova's snap elections

President Maia Sandu's PAS party is "the first pro-EU party in the country's electoral history to gain a majority in the legislature."

Georgia mourns the death of a journalist

Known among his TV Pirveli colleagues as Lekso, journalist and cameraman Aleksandre Lashkarava, 37, was found dead in his apartment on July 11 in Tbilisi.

EU flag torn down from Georgian Parliament in second day of far-right street violence

Several thousand people including queer rights activists and supporters as well as opposition leaders gathered outside the parliament building in Tbilisi to protest violence against LGBTQI+ Pride organizers.

Will President Moïse's assassination bring stability or unleash even more chaos in Haiti?

Moïse's killing comes just five months after the speech in which he claimed his political invincibility, making him the first sitting president to be assassinated in Haiti’s modern political history.

Controversy over an explosion in the Caspian sea

A July 4 explosion in the Caspian Sea caught international attention. According to officials, the blast was caused by an underwater mud volcano. No casualties were reported. 

Tbilisi Pride march canceled amid violent attacks

March for Dignity, a Pride March organized in Tbilisi was cancelled by the organizers amid violence and attacks against the organizers of the event and journalists.

Protests in front of Czech embassy in North Macedonia target anti-Roma racism and police brutality

The event also evoked the memory of a local case involving the beating of ethnic Roma citizens by police in September 2020.

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