Russian ruble strengthens

21 November 2014 - 3:31pm

The ruble strengthened on Friday, building on gains made in the previous session thanks to a recovery in oil prices and in anticipation of end-of-month tax payments falling due,

West seeks own benefits in fighting ISIL, Iran's deputy FM says

21 November 2014 - 3:15pm

A senior Iranian diplomat says Western countries, including the US, are seeking their own benefits in the so-called campaign against ISIL terrorists,

Russian sambo-wrestler wins gold in Japan

21 November 2014 - 2:45pm

Russian sambo-wrestler Alsim Chernoskulov has won the gold medal in under 90 kg section at the World Championships held in Japan, TASS reports. Chernoskulov has defeated Mongolian competitor Otgonbaatar Lkagvasuren.

John Kerry to visit Paris

21 November 2014 - 2:30pm

US Secretary of State John Kerry is going to pay a visit to Paris in order to hold consultations with European politicians, a source in the US Department of State is quoted as saying.

Iran and Group of Six to reach final agreement on time

21 November 2014 - 1:22pm

Spokeswoman of the European External Action Service Maja Kocijncic said that Iran and the Group of Six will reach a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program on November 24, the deadline for the negotiations, RIA Novosti reports.

Iranian foreign minister to attend consultations in Tehran

21 November 2014 - 1:06pm

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave Vienna today and return to Tehran for consultations, TASS reports.

Journalist Mirkadyrov to remain in detention for 5 more months

21 November 2014 - 12:37pm

 Journalist Rauf Mirkadyrov suspected of treason will stay in detention for 5 more months, said Eldar Sultanov, spokesman of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office, Trend reports.His arrest was extended by 4 months in mid-2014. 

Georgian convicts start riot in Athens

21 November 2014 - 12:25pm

Several Georgians started a riot at the Korydallos Prison in Athens. The riot was provoked by the detention of an old woman who was trying to hand drugs to a relative serving time in the prison, RIA Novosti reports.Over 20 prisoners broke a door and occupied a security room and the first level of the prison hospital. Three wardens were beaten. A SWAT team persuaded the prisoners to return to their cells.

Director of Port Batumi resigns

21 November 2014 - 12:02pm

Mirian Katamadze, the director of Port Batumi for already 8 months, has resigned and plans to work as a lawyer. The main reason for his resignation is that KazMunaiGas, the owner of 75% of shares of the port, appointed Melik Dushchenayev as its manager after reorganization of the Port KazMunaiGas, Trend reports.

Hamas unaware of assassination plot against Israeli foreign minister

21 November 2014 - 11:34am

Hamas spokesman Abu Sami Abu Zuhri said that Hamas was unaware of any assassination plots against Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. In his words, such a plot would have been “legitimate” due to the deaths of children and women, desecration of holy places, RIA Novosti reports.Lieberman has not commented on the information.

Ingush taxmen collect over 12 million rubles from gas debtors

21 November 2014 - 11:10am

An inter-departmental commission of Ingushetia collected over 12 million rubles of gas debts in a week, according to Ingush Vice Prime Minister Sultan Tsechoyev. He clarified that the debts were accumulated over the course of a year. At least 300,000 rubles were paid for electricity, about 130,000 rubles for water, Interfax reports.Tsechoyev added that collection of debts for energy were under personal control of Ingush Leader Yunus-bek Yevkurov, who had demanded all executives of gas services to improve the situation or be fired.

World needs to hear voice of Caspian, Mikheyev says

21 November 2014 - 11:03am

Sergey Mikheyev, deputy head of the Editorial Council of Vestnik Kavkaza, the director general of the Institute for Caspian Cooperation, said at a conference titled “Caspian - our common information space” that it was important for the world to hear the voice of the Caspian Region. He accused Western media of pursuing their own interests. The analyst emphasized that Caspian countries should develop their own information space and deliver information to the West and other parts of the world.

Iranian deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese delegation

21 November 2014 - 10:56am

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Arakchi is having a meeting with a Chinese delegation. British and French Chief Diplomats Philip Hammond and Laurent Fabius will meet with their Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif at 2.00pm. The head of the German delegation will attend their meeting, TASS reports.

Trolleybus drivers of Maikop end strike

21 November 2014 - 10:43am

Trolleybus drivers in Maikop demanding salaries have ended their strike after talks with the city administration and the Maikop Trolleybus Administration at about 11.30am today. Maikop Mayor Alexander Narolin promised to cover the debts and help the Maikop Trolleybus Administration develop methods to solve financial problems. Prosecutors and the State Labour Inspection of Adygeya have started an inspection, reports.

500 Ingush conscripts to join Russian Army

21 November 2014 - 10:31am


All victims of Euromaidan to become heroes of Ukraine

21 November 2014 - 10:15am

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred (the people killed in the protests in Kiev in winter 2013-2014, resulting in President Victor Yanukovych fleeing the country) will become Heroes of Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.The president laid flowers at the cross of the Heavenly Hundred on Institutskaya Street in Kiev.

IAEA has not named disagreements with Iran

21 November 2014 - 10:04am

Iranian Representative to the IAEA Reza Najafi said today that the IAEA had not put forward any documented disagreements with the Iranian nuclear profile, RIA Novosti reports.He stated that IAEA criticism of the Iranian nuclear program was incorrect and IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano’s evaluation was biased, making his contribution to the negotiations minimal.

Maikop trolleybus drivers declare strike

21 November 2014 - 9:01am


Dollar costs less than 46 rubles

21 November 2014 - 8:24am

The dollar rate dropped by 0.49 rubles to 45.66 rubles at the Moscow Exchange, as of 11.04am. The euro rate dropped by 0.58 rubles to 57.31 rubles.

16 ISIS militants serve time in Turkish prisons

21 November 2014 - 7:52am

16 ISIS members are serving time in Turkish prisons as of November 19, according to Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, RIA Novosti reports.Some of them are suspected of terrorist attacks in Turkey and the murders of three police officers in Nigde in March. The prisoners responsible for the murders remain at a high-security prison in Ankara.

CIS prime ministers gather in Ashkhabad

21 November 2014 - 7:28am

Ashkhabad has opened a session of the Council of CIS Heads of Government. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Turkmenistan yesterday. Attendees of the meeting will discuss 19 topics and 30 documents. The topics include the economic development of CIS countries, nuclear security, humanitarian problems, tourism, budgets and finances.

U.S. Vice President Biden wants more anti-Russian sanctions

21 November 2014 - 6:38am

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said at a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma that more anti-Russian sanctions should be imposed if Russia continues violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.

Counter-terrorism operation regime imposed on Derbent

21 November 2014 - 6:24am

A counter-terrorism operation regime was imposed on Derbent at 1.15am today. Law enforcers are searching for militants and their henchmen, TASS reports.

Two US warships collide in Gulf of Aden

20 November 2014 - 7:05pm