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Andreas Herkel's notes from Azerbaijan

Mr. Herkel admits that he knew almost nothing about Azerbaijan before he came to the country. Still, he has found out that Azerbaijan is a country with a rich and interesting history.

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Preparatory work for launching a “Kaveshgyar 4” artificial satelliteis being conducted at the moment in Iran. The satellite will takeliving creatures into orbit, according to the head of the IranianSpace Agency, Hamid Fazili, Trend cites the Iranian news agency ISNA.Iran sent living creatures into space for the first time in February 2010.In August 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran wasgoing send its first astronaut into space in 2017.

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Winter Arts Festival opens in Sochi

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sent his greetings to theparticipants and guests of the IV International Yuri Bashmet WinterArts Festival, which opened today in Sochi.

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Georgia is starting to restore monuments included on the list ofUNESCO heritage sites, Georgia Online reports.Several monuments were added to the list by UNESCO in 2011. Among themis the Cross Monastery in Mtskheta and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral inMtskheta, as well as the Svan towers in Lanchvari in Svanetia and oldstone houses in Mestia. A modern tourist infrastructure will bedeveloped next to the monuments.The restoration works will be carried out in accordance with therequirements of UNESCO.

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Young Armenian and Turkish musicians have performed at the residenceof the Turkish ambassador to the USA, Armenia Today reports.They performed the pieces of Adnan Saygun, Edgar Manas, VikranKukhachyan. They dedicated a song "Sari Akhchik" to the deceasedjournalist Grant Dinka.

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Interview with Belkis Bakharsiyeva

The second part of the interview with Belkis Bakharsiyeva, a Chechen designer currently working in Germany under the trademark "Zabbari" - What does "Zabbari" mean? Why didn't you use your own name as a trademark like all designers do?

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Millions of Iranian citizens have gathered at the capital's FreedomSquare to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in1979, Press TV reports.Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the revolution and founder of the currentregime, returned from his 14-year emigration in France to Tehran onFebruary 1, 1979.Iran will celebrate until February 11, the victory day of the IslamicRevolution. On February 11, 1979, the regime of the pro-Western ShahMohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown.

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The first of three scheduled concerts of the Festival of Armenian Jazzwill take place in Moscow on the 3rd of February. According to theinformation center of the newspaper of Armenians in Russia, Yerkramas,the concert will take place in the Durov art club with theparticipation of legendary vocalist, pianist and composer SergeyManukyan, Armenia Today reports.Sergey Manukyan has been shining on the jazz scene for more than 30years. He is a permanent headliner of leading jazz events in Russia.

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The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan summed up today theresults of the ministry's last five years work, Trend reports.The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Abulfaz Garayev, stressed thatduring this time the ministry has adopted five state programs in thefield of culture and tourism. Over the past five years 435performances were delivered, from which 70 were commissioned by thestate.In comparison with 2009, the number of tourists visiting Azerbaijan in

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The international Gagarin meeting of young scientists and studentsfrom the CIS and Baltic states entitled 'Under the clear stars ofByurakan' will be held in Armenia in July at Byurakan astrophysicsobservatory named after Victor Hambardzumyan, spokesman of the RussianCooperation in Armenia told News Armenia.

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Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili will have a call-in-show called'The president is listening', the president's press-speaker MananaManzhgaladze said, Trend reports.The show will be hosted by the First Caucasus channel on January 25 at18.00. Citizens from various regions will be able to pose questions.The project will be interactive. Questions may be sent to the websiteprezidentgpb.ge. An information center for journalists will open aswell, Manzhgaladze said.

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Russian Information and Cultural Center opens in Baku

The Russian Information and Cultural Center in Baku will contribute to the humanitarian dialogue which is necessary for both countries and will further strengthen Azerbaijani-Russian relations. The Center's activities are aimed at informing the Azerbaijani public about Russia's achievements in various fields, its historical heritage, its rich scientific and cultural potential, promoting bilateral cultural, educational, scientific and technical programs and business connections, supporting Russian language teaching and interacting with non-governmental organizations and friendship societies.

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