News in Brief

Q&A With Putin Thursday



A posting on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's official web site announced Sunday that his nationwide televised question-and-answer show will take place Thursday, confirming previous media reports.

Putin will speak both as prime minister and leader of United Russia, the posting said. He will appear live to answer questions submitted by telephone and e-mail or mailed to the party's offices.

Rossia and Vesti-24 television and Radio Mayak and Radio Rossii will broadcast the show, titled "A Conversation With Vladimir Putin." (MT)




Tbilisi Snubs Nicaragua



TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia says it is cutting diplomatic relations with Nicaragua after the Central American nation recognized the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Nicaragua is the only country other than Russia to have recognized the regions as independent nations.

Georgia's Foreign Ministry made the announcement in a statement late Friday. It cited Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's Sept. 2 resolution. There was no immediate comment from Nicaragua.

Georgia and Russia fought a war in August after Georgia attacked South Ossetia.

Russia has unsuccessfully pushed for other nations to recognize the two regions, often citing Kosovo as a precedent. (AP)