Reed boat odyssey to trace ancient seafarers’ trade route | AFP

An international team led by German archeologist Dominique Goerlitz is preparing to set out on a reed boat odyssey in mid-August to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas between Egypt and the Caucasus.

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Uzbekistan pulls out the stops for fine winemaking

Uzbek farmers are on the front lines of an ambitious state-led winemaking drive in the majority-Muslim country. A decree published by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s office in February calls for an increase in wine exports of more than 60 percent by the end of 2021, aiming to cultivate varieties from France, Italy, Chile and the United States, along with the traditional varieties native to the former Soviet countries of the Caucasus.

Rave to protest: Anti-drug op in clubs arouses massive protest in Tbilisi

Several thousand people are out protesting in the capital of the south Caucasus country of Georgia, following overnight anti-drugs raids on two clubs. The Georgian Interior Ministry says 8 suspected dealers were arrested. But the demonstrators say officers used excessive force and that their operation was a ‘deliberate provocation’. The protesters are now calling for both the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister to quit.

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WC2018: Fisht Stadium

Located in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, at the foot of the Caucasus region, the Fisht Stadium hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. It has since been adapted for football matches, including for the Confederations Cup. It will host six World Cup games, including a quarter-final. VIDEOGRAPHIC

WC2018: Fisht Stadium

Located in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, at the foot of the Caucasus region, the Fisht Stadium hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. It has since been adapted for football matches, including for the Confederations Cup. It will host six World Cup games, including a quarter-final. VIDEOGRAPHIC

Discovering Russia: Adygea (RT Documentary)

Adygea, like many of the North Caucasus is a land defined by its people. Their brand of hospitality, the passion for dancing and their traditions are unique, inspiring and a constant amazement even to a seasoned traveller like James Brown! It’s not his first time in the Caucasus, but James Brown can’t get enough of it. He always enjoys the fantastic hospitality, ardor for music and dance and amazing cuisine. In Adygea, James looks at the process of a local specialty – Adygean cheese, visits a tea plantation and takes some lessons in local arts and crafts.

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