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The "International Philosophy Day" Conference kicked off today in Tehran, despite protests from foreign as well as Iranian philosophers, IRNA reports. Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attended the opening ceremony. He is also expected to address the conference later.More than 100 foreign philosophers are due to take part in the three-day conference.

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22th to 25th of November will be a week of Russian language in Abkhazia, with events in the framework of the week taking place atthe Abkhazian State University and the School Number 3.The series of events are aimed at popularising and promoting the study of the Russian language and strengthening its position as a basis for integration processes, Apsnyspress reports.A Russian language study center will also be opened in Abkhazia.

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Interview with Chingiz Guseinov "Only the barber knew the truth..."

Chingiz Guseinov was born in Baku and lives in Moscow. He writes in Azerbaijani and Russian. He is an Honoured Art Worker of Azerbaijan and a member of the Russian Writers' Union. Giving a course of literature at Lomonosov Moscow State University, he remains a classic of Azerbaijani literature. When he speaks, two understandings, two experiences come from his mouth.

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Chakhokhbili, a Georgian stew

  Chakhokhbili is a Georgian stew, always consisting of some kind of meat (chicken, mutton or veal), vegetables and some spices. Here is a recipe with chicken, the most common option.

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The Fifth Jubilee Singers' Competition named after the famous Azerbaijani Soviet opera singer Bul Bul started today in Baku, says Trend. 79 artists from 11 countries will compete this year."This time we tried to invite more European professionals to the jury: a director of opera theatre, a casting director, and renowned musicians," Polad Bulbuloglu, one of the organizers of the competition, head of the Bul Bul foundation and Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia, said before the opening ceremony.

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The 5th International Competition of Singers organized by the Ministryof Culture and Tourism together with the Bulbul foundation begins on November 16 in Baku.  Winners will receive diplomas and cash prizes amounting to $10000 for the Grand-Prix, $5000 for the 1st  place, $3000 for the 2nd place,$2000 for the 3rd  place and $1000 for the 4th place. Special prizes will also be awarded to the best tenor, best performer of a song from Bulbul's repertory and to the best accompanist.Ramin Naziyev, Baku, exclusively for "Vestnik Kavkaza"

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Love in Batumi

Georgia's internet users are all discussing the new attraction in the Georgian city of Batumi at the moment, a metal sculpture entitled "Love" by Tamar Kvesitadze

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The Azerbaijani Film Festival, which was scheduled to start today, hasbeen disrupted in Yerevan. As the organizer of the festival, thechairman of the Caucasian Centre for Peace Initiatives Georgy Vaniansaid, the owner of the theatre refused to rent the space to thefestival at the last moment, 1news.az reports, referring to the“Azatyutyun” radio station.On the eve of the event, Georgy Vanian announced that the filmsscheduled to be shown at the festival will have nothing to do with thetopic of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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A fiction movie about relations between Moscow and Tbilisi is going to be shot, Trend reports.Also, the newspaper "Moscow-Tbilisi" is being published again.In the near future a group of young Georgians will visit Russia to see how their compatriots live there.  

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