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Mitrovica (17 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Poverty is omnipresent, no matter if in the ethnic-Albanian south (this image) or the ethnic-Serbian north.

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Mitrovica (18 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Stray dogs wander the streets of Mitrovica in the ethnic-Serbian north.

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Mitrovica (19 of 25)
mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Roma boys in the newly build Roma Mahala. After the conflict Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire blaming the minority as alleged Serb collaborators.

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Mitrovica (20 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Stray dogs and KFOR troops are omnipresent in the streets of Mitrovica (this image: ethnic-Serbian north).

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Mitrovica (21 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Anti-Serbia graffiti on a wall next to the Ibar river (this image: ethnic-Serbian north).

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Mitrovica (22 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Two monuments: A new mosque is build with financial help of Turkey. In the middle of the traffic roundabout is a monument of the famous Trepča mine.

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Mitrovica (24 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

A Roma boy is riding his bike in the rebuilt Roma Mahala. After the conflict Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire blaming the minority as alleged Serb collaborators.

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Mitrovica (25 of 25)
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By Michael Biach
19 Mar 2013

Stray dogs gather next to the street blockade of the Mitrovica bridge over the Ibar which divides the city into an ethnic-Serbian north and an ethnic-Kosovo Albanian South.

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Mitrovica
Mitrovica, Kosovo
By U.S. Editor
19 Mar 2013

In the north of Kosovo lies a town that is divided by the river Ibar. Serbs call it Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo Albanians define the city as Mitrovicë.
Since the beginning of the Kosovo conflict and especially after the Republic of Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008, Mitrovica has been the center of heavy tensions between ethnic- Serbs and ethnic-Albanians. Kosovo Serb officials refused to take orders from the Albanian authorities and started to blockade the Mitrovica bridge over the river Ibar so that a direct crossing from one part of the city to another is quite difficult and insecure for the town’s inhabitants.
Ethnic-Serbs control the north of Kosovska Mitrovica, ethnic-Albanians inhabit the south of Mitrovicë.
Before the Kosovo wars the Roma Mahala in the south part of Mitrovica, was home to more than 8,000 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians (RAE). After the conflict Roma were considered to be collaborators with the Serbian military. Albanians set the Roma Mahala on fire. After every single house was destroyed, the Roma had to flee.
Today the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX, is operating in the country. About 3,200 police and judicial officials are under the organization’s control. The EULEX mandate has been extended until 2014.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By U.S. Editor
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actors Matthew Macfadyen and Myanna Buring visit Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Geirgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoots Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. Principal photography begins in Georgian capital Tbilisi on December 20th. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoots Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By U.S. Editor
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference to speak directly to representatives of regional and international media.

Ivanishvili stated he does not plan on remaining in politics, and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister also discussed the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, and Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts, his visit to Azerbaijan, and planned negotiations with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Greeks Riot on Anniversary of Teen Mu...
Thessaloniki, Greece
By VeriasA
06 Dec 2012

Clashes between protesters and riot police during march commemorating 4th anniversay of police murder of teen.

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MINORITIES IN GEORGIA - Editor's Pick...
Georgia
By Editor's Picks
23 Oct 2012

Many Georgian civilians were deported or fled their homes during the past century's conflicts and found refuge in other parts of the country or neighboring Central Asian countries. While some managed to start a new life, the majority of internally displaced people still struggle with housing and unemployment issues. In Tbilisi and other regions of Georgia, thousands of displaced families are claiming ownership rights to buildings they have occupied since the conflicts. In other cases families are returning to villages from where their parents were deported decades ago and face integrating into new communities.

Roma are one of the most stigmatized minorities of Georgia, associated with street vendors, beggars and in many cases thought of as thieves and swindlers.

Villagers cut meat for the Eid al Adha festival near the mosque in Talaveri village, populated mostly by ethnic Azerbaijanis.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, 54, an immigrant from Nigeria drives through Tbilisi streets. He arrived in Tbilisi in 1995, got married to a Georgian woman, and now owns a mixed goods store. He says back when he just arrived in Georgia, there were "only 3-4 black people [in Tbilisi]." He says that during the last fifteen years the situation with tolerance has changed significantly, Georgians "got used to the foreigners," and it became safer to go to the street after dark.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, 54, an immigrant from Nigeria drives through Tbilisi streets. He arrived in Tbilisi in 1995, got married to a Georgian woman, and now owns a mixed goods store. He says back when he just arrived in Georgia, there were "only 3-4 black people [in Tbilisi]." He says that during the last fifteen years the situation with tolerance has changed significantly, Georgians "got used to the foreigners," and it became safer to go to the street after dark.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, 54, an immigrant from Nigeria by his store in Tbilisi. He arrived in Tbilisi in 1995, got married to a Georgian woman, and now owns a mixed goods store. He says back when he just arrived in Georgia, there were "only 3-4 black people [in Tbilisi]." He says that during the last fifteen years the situation with tolerance has changed significantly, Georgians "got used to the foreigners," and it became safer to go to the street after dark.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, 54, an immigrant from Nigeria by his store in Tbilisi. He arrived in Tbilisi in 1995, got married to a Georgian woman, and now owns a mixed goods store. He says back when he just arrived in Georgia, there were "only 3-4 black people [in Tbilisi]." He says that during the last fifteen years the situation with tolerance has changed significantly, Georgians "got used to the foreigners," and it became safer to go to the street after dark.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, 54, an immigrant from Nigeria by his store in Tbilisi. He arrived in Tbilisi in 1995, got married to a Georgian woman, and now owns a mixed goods store. He says back when he just arrived in Georgia, there were "only 3-4 black people [in Tbilisi]." He says that during the last fifteen years the situation with tolerance has changed significantly, Georgians "got used to the foreigners," and it became safer to go to the street after dark.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, 54, an immigrant from Nigeria by his store in Tbilisi. He arrived in Tbilisi in 1995, got married to a Georgian woman, and now owns a mixed goods store. He says back when he just arrived in Georgia, there were "only 3-4 black people [in Tbilisi]." He says that during the last fifteen years the situation with tolerance has changed significantly, Georgians "got used to the foreigners," and it became safer to go to the street after dark.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, 54, an immigrant from Nigeria by his store in Tbilisi. He arrived in Tbilisi in 1995, got married to a Georgian woman, and now owns a mixed goods store. He says back when he just arrived in Georgia, there were "only 3-4 black people [in Tbilisi]." He says that during the last fifteen years the situation with tolerance has changed significantly, Georgians "got used to the foreigners," and it became safer to go to the street after dark.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, 54, an immigrant from Nigeria inside his store in Tbilisi. He arrived in Tbilisi in 1995, got married to a Georgian woman, and now owns a mixed goods store. He says back when he just arrived in Georgia, there were "only 3-4 black people [in Tbilisi]." He says that during the last fifteen years the situation with tolerance has changed significantly, Georgians "got used to the foreigners," and it became safer to go to the street after dark.

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, a 54-year-old immigrant from Nigeria, is watching Lia Lemonjava, a hairdresser sharing the same store, perforate a local girl's ears for her first earrings. Lemonjava, who has been working with Nelson for the last six years, says that his a very honest and reliable person. But best of all, she says, is that "he loves Georgians."

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, a 54-year-old immigrant from Nigeria, is watching Lia Lemonjava, a hairdresser sharing the same store, perforate a local girl's ears for her first earrings. Lemonjava, who has been working with Nelson for the last six years, says that his a very honest and reliable person. But best of all, she says, is that "he loves Georgians."

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, a 54-year-old immigrant from Nigeria, is watching Lia Lemonjava, a hairdresser sharing the same store, perforate a local girl's ears for her first earrings. Lemonjava, who has been working with Nelson for the last six years, says that his a very honest and reliable person. But best of all, she says, is that "he loves Georgians."

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A Nigerian in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Erunz Nelson, a 54-year-old immigrant from Nigeria, is watching Lia Lemonjava, a hairdresser sharing the same store, perforate a local girl's ears for her first earrings. Lemonjava, who has been working with Nelson for the last six years, says that his a very honest and reliable person. But best of all, she says, is that "he loves Georgians."

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Sheikh of Georgian Muslims
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Vagif Akperov, Sheikh of Muslims of Georgia, inside the Tbilisi mosque.

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Sheikh of Georgian Muslims
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Vagif Akperov, Sheikh of Muslims of Georgia, inside the Tbilisi mosque.

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Sheikh of Georgian Muslims
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Vagif Akperov, Sheikh of Muslims of Georgia, inside the Tbilisi mosque.

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Sheikh of Georgian Muslims
Tbilisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Oct 2012

Vagif Akperov, Sheikh of Muslims of Georgia, inside the Tbilisi mosque.