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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

For the Record

Moldovan President Mihai Ghimpu ordered Russia on Thursday to withdraw 1,500 troops stationed in its separatist Transdnestr region for the past two decades, marking the first time a Moldovan leader has directly urged Russia to remove its troops. (AP)

Abkhazia has withdrawn temporarily from security talks with Tbilisi, saying the Geneva negotiations were not producing results. (Reuters)

Relatives of toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiyev colluded with the Taliban and other Islamic militant groups to provoke ethnic violence, Kyrgyzstan’s security agency said Thursday. (AP)