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Baku is hosting the Second International Mugham Festival today. Youngpeople are expected to perform, ANS reports.Foreign specialists are among the contest judges. The festival willopen at the International Mugham Center, organized with support of theHeydar Aliyev Fund, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, AzerbaijaniComposer Union. The festival will last 8 days.The First International Mugham Festival was held in 2009.

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Armenia will soon launch a religious channel, Alexan Arutyunyan,chairman of the Public TV and Radio Broadcasting Company of Armenia,said in parliament on Thursday, News Armenia reports.He said that they already set cooperation between the "Ararat" culturechannel and the 'Shogakat" church channel. "Shogakat" preparesprograms for "Ararat" and the Public TV to broadcast. The programswill soon be broadcast on the All-Armenian satellite channel "Ararat".

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Tbilisi will hold a conference entitled "Russia today and its plansfor modernization - influence on the region". Russian experts arearriving to take part, Trend reports.Participants of the conference will hear reports on the processes inRussia, their influence on Georgia and the Caucasus region. Georgianand foreign experts will discuss the reports and exchange views.

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Nut sauce

1.5 glass of peeled wallnuts0.5 glass of  pomegranate juice1 tbsp of red vine vinegar 1.5 glass of water,2-3 garlic heads 2-3 tbsp of coriander verdure1 tsp of red pepper1 tsp …

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The Georgian Ministry of Culture has announced the winner of thecontest for the best memorial of the war in August 2008 and Stalin'srepressions. The memorial will replace Stalin's monument in Gori,press-service of the ministry told News Georgia.Stalin's monument was at the central square of Gori since 1952. It wastaken down in June 2010. The new memorial was designed by sculptorsTamar Kvesitadze and Paata Sanaya. The project was presented byTAMARASTUDIO.

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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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