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A dictionary of Juhuri, the language of the Mountain Jews, has been published in Baku. The publisher of the dictionary, Mikhail Argunov, said the publication proves that Azerbaijan is trying to preserve and develop languages of small nations. The dictionary consists of a Juhuri - Russian part (14,000 words and phrases) and Russian - Juhuri (more than 19,000 words). This is the first dictionary of this size, Aragunov said.

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A two-day traditional regional Cossack culture festival, partlyorganized by the Culture Ministry of the Republic of Adigeya began onFriday reports Yuga.ruAlmost 50 adult ensembles and 14 groups of young artists, representingdifferent southern regions in Russia, will take part in the Adigeyafestival.

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The president of Abkhazia recently received a proposal to unveil a66-meter-high monumental complex "Gracious Angel of Peace" in therepublic's capital Sukhumi, reports RIA Novosti.The monument is aimed at creating a peaceful image of the republic asa regional center of business and tourism. There is also a plan tohold an "Internationial Summer Festival of Good Deeds-2010" and the1st Ecological Forum "Living Nature" in Abkhazia.

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Dagestani State University is hosting a session of the XIV GeneralAssembly of the Association of Caspian region Universities, reportsRIA Dagestan. Today at a special ceremony, the Dagestani StateUniversity will be granted leadership of the organization for the nextfive years.Within the framework of the Association, various activities arecarried out: student Olympics, seminars, and conferences aimed atestablishing closer ties between the universities of the region.

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Ingush cadets

16 years ago an elite educational organization was founded in Ingushetia.

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Iran's Education and Science Ministry is ready to recognize thediplomas of 3 Armenian state universities, Armenian Education andScience Minister Armen Ashotyan told journalists on Wednesday, reportspanorama.am. The Armenian Minister announced that Iran will recognizethe diplomas of Yerevan State Medical University named after M.Heratsi, Yerevan State University and the State Engineering Universityof Armenia.The agreement on the of the Armenian diplomas was reached duringAshotyan's visit to Iran May 21-26. The issue should be resolved bySeptember.

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A ship carrying Iranian actors has sunk 5 kilometres from the islandof Kish in the Persian Gulf, reports ITAR-TASS.The accident occurred on Monday evening when the ship ran out of fueland overturned. There were no casualties, although all the equipmentfor the film "Everything the Lord Wants" was lost.

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The XII Congress of Russian Press is opening in Israel today. Journalists from 50 countries are participating in it. 140 of them will be Israeli, 200 will come from abroad.The congress was initiated by the Israeli president Benyamin Netanyahu. The organizing committee invites participation in the project online at the website www.warp-israel.co.il

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A monument in honor of Abkhaz national poet Bagrat Shinkuba has beenunveiled in the capital, Sukhumi, reports Yuga. Abkhaziantop-officials, including President Sergei Bagapsh, attended theunveiling ceremony."Bagrat Vasilievich will remain in the history of our people forever.He created real masterpieces," the architect who designed the monumentsaid at the ceremony.

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A school in south-east Moscow is to be renamed in honor of MarshalHovhannes Bagramyan, reports Panorama.Bagramyan was a Soviet Armenian World War Two military commander andMarshal of the Soviet Union, and twice hero of the USSR.

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An Italian director Pyetro Kiodarli, inspired by his last year's visitto Armenia, made a documentary called 'The Sacred Stones of Armenia',Armenia Today reports.According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, the presentation of the52-minute film in Italy about Christianity, Medieval monuments, oldtemples, monasteries, and churches described by Armenian and Italianhistorians and architects, has already taken place.

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An agreement of cooperation between the Armenian and BelarussianAcademies of Science has been signed on Monday, reportsNovosti-Armenia."Being aware of the level of research in the scientific institutionsof Belarus in the spheres of information and space technology, I amabsolutely sure that joint research in these spheres can be reallysuccessful.

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The Cultural Olympics "Sochi-2014" has started in Sochi with anopening ceremony, which gathered popular singers, musicians,show-business figures and athletes in the central square of theOlympic city.

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"For the Motherland"

To mark the anniversary of the victory in WW II, VK publishes excerpts from the book "The Secret of the Marukhskiy Glacier" by Vladimir Gneushev and Andrei Poputko.

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The chief of Armenia's Military Police, Vladimir Gasparyan, has beenawarded an honorary medal frrom the Armenian Apostolic Church - the'St. Nerses Shnorali'. The award ceremony was attended by theCatholicos of all Armenians Garegin II, Defence Minister SeiranOganyan and other top religious and civil officials, reports ArmeniaToday, citing the Church's press-service.It turns out that a true Christian hides behind the scandalousreputation of Gasparyan.

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The first international lexicography festival will start in Batumi today. Representatives from almost all Georgia's universities and science centers will attend the symposium.The 3-day symposium is aimed at providing lexicographers, publishers and programmers working with electronic dictionaries with an opportunity for dialogue, Georgia Online reports.

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The president of the mediaholding 'Georgia Times' and the Georgiancivic organization ‘People’s Orthodox Movement’, Malkhaz Gulashvili,is hiding in South Ossetia from the Georgian authorities, RIA Novostireports, citing a source in the South Ossetian law-enforcementagencies.“Gulashvili is currently in Tskhinvali”, the source said.

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The grand opening of the Heydar Aliyev Auditorium-Museum has takenplace in the Eurasian National University of Lev Gumilyov in Astanatoday, on the initiative of Azerbaijani ambassy in Kazakhstan, VKreports.“This event is dedicated to the anniversary of the birth of thenational leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, and is part of theframework of Baku State University Day at the Eurasian NationalUniversity”, the rector of the Eurasian University, BakhytjanAbdraimov, said at the opening.

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The National Exhibition of the Belarus Republic started in the Heidar Aliyev sports complex in Baku, Azerbaijan. The exhibition presents companies and groups producing crystal, furniture, tyres, cars, meat and milk products, alcoholic drinks, information technology and other products, Turan reports.

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