Western donors meeting in Brussels are expected to pledge more than USD 3 billion to help rebuild Georgia, two months after its conflict with Russia. Officials from some 70 countries and organizations are attending a conference hosted by the European Commission and the World Bank. However, Russia has not been invited to the conference. In August, Moscow ousted Georgian troops from Georgia’s rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The Kremlin later recognized the two territories as independent states, drawing criticism from Western nations. Russia is still keeping more than 7,000 troops in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. (BBC)

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