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Armenia is importing wheat mainly from Iran, due to the Russian embargo on wheat exports, reports Iran News. Russia has lost 20% of its harvest due to the extremely hot weather, and the embargo has caused price rises on wheat in Armenia. Only 200,000 tons of the 700,000 tons of wheat consumed in Armenia is domestic product. The volume of wheat production in Iran is expected to rise by 2.5 million tons, therefore Armenia will import wheat from Iran.

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 The Russian Minister of Transport and Communication, Igor Levitin, arrived in Yerevan within the framework of the Russian president's visit to Armenia, reports new.am. He will take part in the redemption of a stamp coinciding with the opening of a military graveyard in Gyumri and in a press conference today.

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The Presidents of Armenia and Russia will discuss a wide range of issues, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to the Public Television of Armenia, News Armenia reports.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was invited by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to Yerevan on August 19th, together with his wife Svetlana Medvedeva. The sides will sign a bilateral agreement concerning the Russian military base in Armenia and prolonging its presence to 49 years, starting in 1995.

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The level of the total credit portfolio of Armenian commercial banks rose by 2% in June and by 9.3% in the first half of 2010, with the annual reserve rising by 27.7%, to $2.2 billion, PRIME-TASS reports, citing the Central Bank of Armenia. Excluding prolonged and overdue credits, the portfolio of commercial banks rose by 1.9% and the annual reserve by 26.5%, making $2.1 billion.

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Now clients of OAO "MobileTeleSystems" can make money transfers to Azerbaijan as well as to Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Belarus and Georgia. The money transferred can be put on the account of the mobile phone.All that is needed to make a transfer is a passport. The maximum transferable sum is 120,000 rubles. The commission is 1,5 % in Russia and 2% for transfers abroad.The company MTS has offered money transfers in all of its offices since May 2010.

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Speaking of political and military cooperation, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said that he supports Russia's idea to initiate a treaty on European safety.He said Armenia shares the ideas of security for all countries and notes that all states must be protected in equal measure and that no country should be more protected than another."The isolation of any state is inadmissible. That is why we support the idea,"-said the minister.

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A protocol for prolonging the Russian base in Gyumri was signed during the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Yerevan. The changes to the protocol apply to the period of the existence of the military base, which was initially for 25 years, starting in 1995. It has now been changed to 49 years, reports Russia-24, citing the Armenian Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandyan.Some other corrections were also made. The presence of the base now provides protection not only to the interests of Russia, but to the security of Armenia.

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USAID is investing $53 million as a grant to stimulate development of the Armenian economy, reforms, and healthcare, reports Prime-TASS.Money will be sent starting this September until 2013. $30 million of the grant will be allocated to developing a free market and competition in the private sector in Armenia.The other $23 million will be allocated to health-care and social services.

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Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan discussed issues of education today with participants of the Armenian Educational Forum, ArmeniaNews reports. The Armenian Educational biennial took place from 13th to 17th August.

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A new subject, 'The basics of fighting corruption' will start in the new school year and will be taught as part of Social Studies. A book for teachers "Education against corruption" was introduced to teachers on Thursday, developed by the organization "The Future is Yours" in association with USAID.The book is approved by the National Institute of Education of Armenia. During the development of the book a series of courses was taken in 9 public schools. 880 pupils and 74 teachers took part in the experiment.

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Russia and Armenia have signed a Protocol on developing and enforcing scientific and technical cooperation in studying pollution in near earth space and meteor safety, reports News.am.One of the main objects of cooperation is the Burakan observatory, which is planned to be equipped with new Russian optics. The price of the project is more than 4.6 million euros.Both sides agree that it is crucial to unite efforts in educating the young and attracting young scientists.

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Catholicos Karekin II and Archbishop Feofan of Stavropol and Vladikavkaz met in the Caucasus Mineral Waters region, reports Novosti-Armenia. The clergymen visited the St.George Convent. “This is to symbolize that we, the Russian Orthodox Church and the oldest Armenian Apostolic Church, are on very warm and close terms,”    archbishop Feofan of  Stavropol and Vladikavkaz said, “We all move towards Christ.”

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The amendments to the treaty dating back to 1995 and concerning Russian military base on Armenian territory might be introduced in the course of Russian President's visit to Armenia scheduled on the next week, Armenia Today reports.

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Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nabaldyan has received the credentials of the Turkmenian Ambassador, Ata Serdarov, reports Armenia News, citing the Foreign Ministry press office. Nabaldyan and Serdarov discussed issues concerning Armenian-Turkmen political dialogue, strengthening academic and business relations, cooperation in international organizations and several other issues.

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It is important to take the fullest measures towards dialogue in solving conflicts in the South Caucasus and there is need for compromise between the opposing sides, the chairman-in-office of the OSCE, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, said in an interview to Kazakh media

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Yerevan is hosting the 4th all-Armenian education forum, panorama.am reports. Participants in the forum were greeted by the Minister of Communities, Granush Akopyan, and Minister of Science and Education, Armen Ashotyan, who read out a message from President Serzh Sargsyan. The forum opened at the concert hall of Arno Babadjanyan.

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Seven Armenian higher education centers have ceased operating. According to News Armenia, citing the press-service of the Armenian Ministry of Education and Science, the decision was made at a closed vote of the Licensing Commission for education programs on Thursday, as a result of inspections.

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