Ukrainian PM accuses Russia of stealing 300 kg of gold

22 August 2014 - 5:56pm

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Russia of stealing 300 kg of gold that were left in the Crimean branch of the Ukrainian governmental bank Oschadbank, world media report on Friday. 

Azerbaijani and Egyptian officials to discuss tourism in Cairo

22 August 2014 - 5:36pm

Azerbaijani and Egyptian officials are going to discuss mutual cooperation in the sphere of tourism in Cairo on August 23-29, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism says. 

1 dead in shooting at mosque in Switzerland

22 August 2014 - 4:34pm

A man has been found dead in the prayer room of a mosque in St. Gallen, Switzerland, following a shooting, Reuters quotes the Swiss police as saying on Friday.

Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor approves Turkish dairy products

22 August 2014 - 4:10pm

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has approved Turkish dairy products. The Turkish products may now be sold on the Russian market.

Georgian president fires deputy head of border service

22 August 2014 - 3:58pm

Georgian President Petro Poroshenko has fired the deputy head of the State Border Service, Igor Rynkov, RIA Novosti reports. The corresponding document has been published on the president's official website.

Georgian lawmakers visit Argentina

22 August 2014 - 3:32pm

The Georgian parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker David Usupashvili has paid a visit to Argentina, Azerbaijani news agency Trend reports. Members of the delegation met with Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman. 

Turkey's Erdogan to visit Baku on September 3

22 August 2014 - 2:46pm

Turkish Prime Minister and President-elect Recep Tayip Erdogan is going to pay a visit to Azerbaijan on September 3, the Anadolu agency reports. After that Erdogan will travel to Wales, where is expected to take part in a Nato summit.

Russian humanitarian convoy approaches Luhansk

22 August 2014 - 2:32pm

The Russian humanitarian convoy is going to arrive in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk soon, the Russian Foreign Ministry says in a statement. The convoy is not accompanied by representatives of the Red Cross Committee and is moving without the Ukrainian authorities' permission.

Besik Kudukhov to be included in FILA Hall of Fame

22 August 2014 - 2:11pm

Besik Kudukhov, a Russian freestyle wrestler of Ossetian descent, is going to be included in the FILA Hall of Fame posthumously,

Azerbaijan develops unmanned drone

22 August 2014 - 1:47pm

Azerbaijani engineers have developed an unmanned drone, which can remain in the air for 80 minutes. The Bayquş aircraft is also capable of making video recordings and map-making, reports.

South Ossetia closes border with Georgia

22 August 2014 - 1:15pm

The South Ossetian authorities have decided to close the republic's border with Georgia until August 27, Interfax reports. The decision has been made in order to secure a successful celebration of the anniversary of the recognition of South Ossetia's independence by Russia, the news agency informs.

Ahmet Davutoglu to become Turkey's next prime minister

22 August 2014 - 1:03pm

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has nominated Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to become Turkey's next prime minister. The new PM has been nominated during the Central Executive Board (MYK) in Ankara. 

Bård Ivar Svendsen appointed Norwegian ambassador to Azerbaijan

22 August 2014 - 12:55pm

Bård Ivar Svendsen has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Norway to Azerbaijan. He will replace Erling Skjønsberg in this position. Earlier, Svendsen worked in the Foreign Ministry of Norway, as well as the embassies in Latvia and Russia. Diplomatic relations between Norway and Azerbaijan were established on June 5, 1992. The Norwegian embassy in Baku was opened in 1998. 

Another dead militant found in Dagestan’s Khasavyurt

22 August 2014 - 12:22pm

Law enforcers checking the house occupied by militants on the outskirts of Khasavyurt (Dagestan) have found another body. Thus, four militants were neutralized in the building, ITAR-TASS reports.

Ukrainian president to discuss dissolution of parliament with its members

22 August 2014 - 12:08pm

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will consult Speaker of Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov and leaders of the parliament on its off-year dissolution today, RIA Novosti reports.

First Lady of Estonia caught with lover

22 August 2014 - 11:45am

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s wife Evelin was caught with a lover at the Komeet Café on August 6. A passer-by shot a video of her dancing and hugging with a man younger than the president. The president and his executives have not commented on the video, Kroonika reports.

Russia invading Ukraine, says security chief

22 August 2014 - 11:33am

Valentine Nalivaychenko, the head of the Ukrainian Security Council, said that the Russian humanitarian convoy has invaded Ukraine and the drivers of the military trucks were in fact soldiers trained to use tanks and artillery, UNIAN reports.Russia said that it saw no reasons for waiting until August 24 to deliver humanitarian aid to Luhansk and Donetsk.

Ukraine protests against Russian humanitarian convoy

22 August 2014 - 11:23am

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has released a protest note against the Russian humanitarian convoy, describing it as an outrageous violation of international law, ITAR-TASS reports.34 Russian trucks started moving towards Luhansk without an escort from the International Red Cross Committee or the permission of Ukraine. Militants are escorting the convoy instead.

Muslim Administration of European Part of Russia to be renamed

22 August 2014 - 11:05am

In Moscow, Mufti Ravil Gaynutdin, the head of the Muslim Administration of the European Part of Russia, proposed renaming the organization as the Muslim Administration of the Russian Federation at the upcoming session on September 21, 2014.He explained that the organization had offices in Europe, the Urals, Siberia and the Middle East and its chief was treated like the mufti of Russia.

Russia to prevent falsification of history

22 August 2014 - 10:51am

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at the 80th anniversary of the formation of the Kursk Oblast and the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Kursk that Russia will prevent falsification of history, RIA Novosti reports.He noted that history taught Europe and the rest of the world a lesson that Nazis should not be neglected. The PM reminded that Russia paid a great price to beat fascism in the Great Patriotic War. Medvedev assured that Russia will teach the whole world the lesson.

Rospotrebnadzor denies link between sudden mass inspection of McDonald’s and politics

22 August 2014 - 10:32am

Russian Chief Sanitary Inspector Anna Popova, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, said that sudden mass inspections of McDonald’s restaurants were actually scheduled according to a plan made in autumn 2013 and had nothing to do with politics, Interfax reports.

Colibacillus found in McDonald’s cafe in Kazan

22 August 2014 - 10:12am

Rospotrebnadzor has found colibacillus at a McDonald’s café in Kazan. Inspectors found violations in the rules of food storage and the food control program, Interfax reports.

Iranian foreign minister to visit Moscow on August 29

22 August 2014 - 10:05am

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Moscow on August 29 to meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and other Russian officials, said Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanai, RIA Novosti reports.

Georgian Military Road in economy of the Caucasus

22 August 2014 - 9:45am

The Georgian Military Road is the only ground connection between Russia and Armenia. The 200-km road connects Vladikavkaz and Tbilisi, running along the rivers of the Greater Caucasus, including the Darial Gorge. The road is often hit by avalanches and blocked for days or weeks in winter and mudslides in the summer.

Tea factory to be built in Vladikavkaz

22 August 2014 - 9:38am

Caykur Director General Imdat Sutluogulu is heading a delegation of his tea company to North Ossetia to discuss construction of a tea factory. He has met with Vladikavkaz Chief Administrator Sergey Dzantiyev and North Ossetian Prime Minister Sergey Takoyev. Caykur plans to invest tens of millions of dollars into the factory. The Turkish government is expected to approve the construction plan before early spring 2015.

New mudslides may hit Darial Gorge

22 August 2014 - 9:19am