Moscow court to consider arrest of fourth suspect of subway tragedy

23 July 2014 - 6:55am

The Basmanny Court of Moscow will consider arresting Alexey Trofimov, deputy head of the distance capital reconstruction of tracks of the Moscow Metro, the fourth suspect of the train accident between the Park Pobedy and the Slavyansky Bulvar stations (24 passengers dead, over 150 injured), ITAR-TASS reports.Valery Bashkatov, a supervisor of railway tracks, Yuri Gordov, his assistant, and Anatoly Kruglov, the director for production of Spetstekhrekonstruktsiya, have been arrested until September 15. They deny responsibility for the accident.

3-point earthquake registered in Nakhchivan

23 July 2014 - 6:37am

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3 points was registered 19km north-west from Nakhchivan (Sharur District, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic) at 4.17am today, Trend reports.The epicenter of the earthquake was 13km deep.

American and European airline companies stop flights to Israel

23 July 2014 - 5:56am

All U.S. and the largest European airlines have stopped flights to Israel. Over 90 missiles were launched at Israel from Gaza yesterday. About 70 of them landed in Israel, including one in an empty nursery. The Iron Dome missile system intercepted about 18 missiles. One missile landed near Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Russia's Transaero and Aeroflot had to return their planes to Moscow. Turkish Airlines cancelled flights to Israel. Compared with an average of over 140 missiles launched at Israel, the number of launches has dropped.

Turkey stops flights to Israel

23 July 2014 - 5:14am

All Turkish airline companies have stopped flights to Israel for 24 hours due to problems with security at Ben Gurion Airport, Trend reports.Flights to Israel have been stopped by Delta, US Airways, United Airlines, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa. World airline companies stopped flights due to the explosion of a Palestinian missile near Yehud yesterday.

David Narmania declared new mayor of Tbilisi

22 July 2014 - 5:52pm

The ruling Georgian Dream coalition's David Narmania was officially declared the new mayor of Tbilisi by the country's Central Electoral Commission today. Narmania received 72.47 percent of the vote in the second round of the elections.

Five new ministers appointed in Georgia

22 July 2014 - 5:34pm

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has appointed five new members of the cabinet, Azerbaijani news agency Trend reports on Tuesday.

Putin discusses Malaysian jet crash with Dutch PM

22 July 2014 - 4:56pm

Russian President discussed the recent crash of Malaysia's Boeing-777 with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a phone conversation today. The parties focused on the ongoing international investigation into the case.

New ministry established in Abkhazia

22 July 2014 - 4:30pm

A new ministry has been established in the Georgian breakaway republic of Abkhazia. According to the document signed by Abkhaz Acting President Valery Bganba, the republic's Service for Emergenciy Situations is now transformed into a ministry, Apsnypress reports.

Turkmenistan and Slovenia to enhance mutual ties

22 July 2014 - 3:56pm

Turkmenistan and Slovenia are going to enhance mutual cooperation. The presidents of the two states signed a corresponding agreement today. The document was signed in the framework of the Slovenian president's visit to Turkmenistan.

Russia delivers most modern arms to Azerbaijan, expert says

22 July 2014 - 3:28pm

The arms Russia delivers to Azerbaijan are very modern and efficient and sometimes even unique, editor-in-chief of the Air and Space Defense magazine Mikhail Khodoryonok told Vestnik Kavkaza in an interview.

Makhachkala to host Russian Caucasus forum

22 July 2014 - 2:42pm

The Dagestani capital of Makhachkala is set to host the Russian Caucasus international political forum scheduled for September 14-21. The preparation for the event was discussed today at the Dagestani National Policy Ministry. 

Russia's Central Bank honours ancient Ingush church with special coin

22 July 2014 - 2:36pm

The Bank of Russia has honoured Ingushetia's ancient Christian church Tkhaba-Yerdy with a special coin. The coin, 5000 of which were issued, bears an image of the church.

EU to impose additional sanctions on Russia today

22 July 2014 - 1:50pm

The European Union is expected to impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to the country's policy towards Ukraine today, Ekho Moskvy cites the EU foreign policy chief's office as saying Tuesday afternoon.

French president to visit Kazakhstan

22 July 2014 - 1:37pm

French President Francois Hollande is going to pay an official visit to Kazakhstan this year. The issue was discussed today by Kazakh Secretary of State Adilbek Dzhaksybekov and French Ambassador to Kazakhstan Francis Etienne, Azerbaijani news agency Trend reports.

Nothing is threatening Russia's sovereignty, Putin says

22 July 2014 - 1:22pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin today hosted a meeting of the country's Security Council. Addressing members of the council, the president said that there are no actual threats to Russia's sovereignty and territorial integrity,

Ukrainian separatists flee Lisichansk and Severodonetsk

22 July 2014 - 12:20pm

 Ukrainian separatists of Alexey Mozgovoy and Chieftain Kizitsin have left Lisichansk and Severodonetsk. Some groups have refused to fall back and continue fighting, RIA Novosti reports.Military tanks are progressing. Lisichansk was heavy bombed last night. 

Armavir mayor is in intensive care

22 July 2014 - 11:46am

Armavir Mayor Ruben Khlgatyan and two other men are being treated in the intensivecare ward of the Erebuni Medical Center after a mine explosion. The mayor has a skull fracture, brain haemorrhage and numerous facial injuries, Armenia Today reports.The other two patients have minor injuries, concussions and fractures.

Over 70 police officers detained in Turkey

22 July 2014 - 11:36am

 Over 70 police officers supporting Fethullah Gulen’s movement have been detained in Istanbul. They include Ali Fuad Yilmazer, an ex-head of Istanbul Intelligence, Trend reports.Turkey plans to have 200 officers in Istanbul detained. The special operation against Gulen’s supporters resumed in 25 districts of Turkey today. 

Yerevan residents to organize protest march against rising power bills

22 July 2014 - 11:23am

Yerevan residents plan to hold a protest march with candles at Matenadaran at 7.00pm on August 1. They are protesting against the rising costs of electricity, reports.They will demand the government to form an independent commission to study the issue and keep the prices as they are until the work is done.

Ostayeva named South Ossetian culture minister

22 July 2014 - 11:14am

South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov has dismissed Makharbeg Kokoyev as the acting culture minister and appointed Madina Ostayeva, an ex-assistant of the president, as the incumbent culture minister, reports.

200 mountaineers stranded on Tian Shan Range

22 July 2014 - 11:07am

About 200 mountaineers have been stranded on the Tian Shan Range in Kyrgyzstan because the MI-8 MTV helicopter used to transport them crashed in Issyk-Kul, K-News reports.Yeleva Kalashnikova, the president of the Association of Tour Operators, said that there were over 800 foreign mountaineers in the country.

German foreign minister calls anti-Russian sanctions effective and wants more

22 July 2014 - 10:46am

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that sanctions against Russia were effective even before being officially implemented. He noted that capital was fleeing, the economy crashing and people banned from the EU, Bild Deutsche Welle reports.EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today. One of the topics they will discuss is new sanctions against Russia.

Abkhazians in Moscow and Cherkessk to vote for president

22 July 2014 - 10:36am

Abkhazians living in Moscow and Cherkessk will have an opportunity to vote for the president of Abkhazia at one of the polling stations that will open in the cities. The Abkhaz parliament passed a law on parliamentary polls on July 21, allowing polling stations to open in countries that have not recognized Abkhazia as an independent state.Abkhaz lawmakers are considering opening a polling station for a community in Turkey.

EU passes more sanctions against Syrian regime

22 July 2014 - 10:25am

The European Union has added three more people and nine enterprises to the blacklist for Syria. Their assets were frozen and access to EU countries banned, RIA Novosti reports.The blacklisted individuals and companies are suspected of being responsible for violently suppressing the population or supporting the regime. The list of individuals will be posted on the official website of the EU tomorrow.

Kiev to restore order in east soon – security chief

22 July 2014 - 10:12am

 Andriy Parubiy, the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said at the parliament that the conflict in the eastern part of the country would end soon, reports.Ukraine declared partial mobilization today. 

Russian view on operation in Gaza

22 July 2014 - 9:57am

573 Palestinians and 27 Israeli soldiers have died in the Protective Edge Operation of Israel in the Gaza Strip. Veniamin Popov, the director of the MGIMO Civilization Partnership Center, an ambassador, emphasized that the operation was unjustified. He believes that the operation worsens U.S.-Israeli relations. The ambassador predicts that Arabs will outnumber Jews in the occupied territories next year.

Dagestani leader to have live Q&A show

22 July 2014 - 9:36am

Dagestani Leader Ramazan Abdulatipov will have a live Q&A show on July 23 to discuss ways of strengthening trust with the population in times of reforms.He will answer questions sent to his website, the RIA Dagestan website, his personal pages on Instagram, Facebook and VKontakte. Questions may also be sent by phone: 67-12-25. The show will be broadcast on GTRK Dagestan, Rossiya – 24 Dagestan, RGVK Dagestan and its website.