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Three hundred more Russian troops were sent to the breakaway region of Abkhazia over the weekend, deepening tensions with Georgia's government. The latter denounced the move as "yet another aggressive step ... against the territorial integrity of Georgia." But the Russian Defense Ministry said the troops are unarmed railway security personnel who will help to restore freight service to Sochi on the Black Sea, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.Skip to next paragraph
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Voters in two more of Bolivia's eastern states, Beni and Pando, appeared likely to say "yes" Sunday to referenda on auton-omy, following the lead of wealthy Santa Cruz, where such an initiative passed overwhelmingly last month. Tarija, a state with plentiful natural gas reserves, is scheduled to hold an autonomy vote June 22. Above, "vote yes" slogans bracket a resident in Trinidad, Beni's capital.
Disgruntled soldiers in Guinea released the Army's second-in-command three days after taking him hostage, and loyalist troops guarding the presidential palace and other government buildings returned to their barracks, apparently signaling that last week's mutiny was over. The two sides never engaged in fighting, but bullets fired into the air by mutineers wounded at least 28 people.
A new landing strip for commercial jets will be built in Honduras, the government announced, after Friday's crash of a flight from Los Angeles killed five people and injured others. Two of the dead were in a car hit by the plane when it skidded off a runway and broke into three sections. Toncontin Airport in the capital, Tegucigalpa, is regarded as one of the world's most dangerous because of its nearby hills, short runways, and primitive navigational equipment.