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Renny Harlin will show his film "Five Days in August“ at the international film festival in Valencia, Trend cites the State Minister for Diasporas Papun Davitaya as saying. Harlin“s film will conclude the festival. Andy Garcia who stars as Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili in the film will also be at the première. Davitaya will also visit the festival. The film will be released in late June.

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The Iranian province of Alborz has opened a research institute for agricultural biotechnologies and a center for biotechnologies of the Organization of Universal Jihad. Thus, the province will be the country’s center for biotechnologies, Iran News reports. The head of the Industry and Mining Organization of Alborz Province, Said Zarandi, visited the new facilities and said that there are numerous enterprises and pharmaceutical companies operating.

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Russian historians headed by Sergey Karpov, dean of the history section of the Moscow State University of Lomonosov and corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, will visit Baku on April 14-17, deputy dean and Editor-in-Chief of Vestnik Kavkaza Alexey Vlasov told Trend. The Russian historians will meet their Azerbaijani counterparts, including Jagub Mahmoudov, director of the History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.

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Russia and Uzbekistan enhance scientific ties

A group of Russian scientists from the Post-Soviet Abroad Department of the Russian State University for the Humanities and the Near Abroad History Department of the History Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University has recently visited Uzbekistan.

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The Days of Tolstoy in Tbilisi, dedicated to the 160th anniversary of Tolstoy’s visit to the Georgian capital of Tiflis, will strengthen the cultural and, above-all, human ties between the two peoples, said the organizers of the Georgian-Russian video bridge, broadcast by RIA Novosti on Monday.According to the president of the International Cultural and Educational Union Russian Club, Nikolay Sventitsky, the main theme of the Days of Tolstoy will be war and peace.

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A top Iranian official announced on Monday that the country has cut all its ties and cooperation with the Louvre Museum in Paris after the latter refrained from holding up its end of the bargain in accordance with the understandings and agreements signed between the two sides, Associated Press reports.In January, Iran had warned the Louvre to cut cultural ties with France if the Paris museum failed to organize an exhibition of Persian artefacts in Iran as agreed.

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The second regional festival of Turkish films took place in Armenia in the town of Vanadzor on March 30, 1news.az citing Epress.am.According to the festival organizer and human rights activist George Vanyan, the festival was not advertised and people were invited to take part in it personally as well as publically in the streets, schools, universities and houses. The audience of the festival amounted to more than 200 people.The first festival of the Turkish films was disrupted by the Armenian authorities in 2010

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Moscow to host concert of legendary jazz players

Legendary musicians, winners of 22 Grammy awards, Chick Corea (composer, pianist) and Gary Burton (composer, vibraphonist) will perform at the Svetlanovsky Hall of the Moscow International Music House on April 4-5.

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