French foreign minister says negotiations with Iran are complicated

31 March 2015 - 6:58pm

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the nuclear negotiations between the Group of Six and Iran in Lausanne were going arduously, though they are progressing. He does not rule out their continuation until morning, RIA Novosti reports.

Six power plants to be built in Ingushetia

31 March 2015 - 6:42pm

Ingush Leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has discussed the construction of six power plants with the energy authorities of the republic with the attendance of Vice Prime Minister Hasan Chakhkiyev and Minister of Finance Ruslan Tsechoyev. Preliminary agreements on the patronage, supervision and characteristics of the project have been made with RusHydro.Last week, Yevkurov asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to maintain six small gas-piston generators for one and a half years to keep the region supplied with electricity using its own potential.

U.S. confirms existence of military solutions to Iranian nuclear program

31 March 2015 - 6:34pm

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said that the U.S. had not scrapped plans for military solutions to the Iranian nuclear program, though such solutions would be very undesirable due to their failure to affect the program, RIA Novosti reports.

Slutsky: Russian-Azerbaijani relations will survive any upheaval

31 March 2015 - 6:22pm

Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian State Duma committee for the CIS, Eurasian integration and contacts with compatriots, said today that Russian-Azerbaijani relations would survive any upheavals. The MP noted after a joint session of his committee and the Armenian permanent parliamentary commission for foreign relations that he saw anti-Azerbaijani theses appearing in the Armenian press.

Fire at Stavropol parliament put out

31 March 2015 - 5:25pm

The fire at the Stavropol parliament started at about 5.17pm has been put out. One room on the fourth floor of the building, above its entrance, burned. The staff and MPs are returning to their offices, TASS reports.

Putin signs edict to form Federal Agency for Nationalities

31 March 2015 - 5:06pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an edict to establish the Federal Agency for Nationalities. He had earlier informed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev about readiness to sign the edict. Putin had ordered on March 13 that the government present proposals on the federal agency by April 15.

Turkish court declares 236 pseudo-revolutionaries not guilty

31 March 2015 - 4:50pm

The Istanbul Court has declared 236 people suspected of plotting a coup to unseat the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan not guilty. The suspects, most of them military personnel, had been sentenced in 2012. Their cases were later reopened due to the lack of evidence, resulting in their absolution, TASS reports.

Netanyahu: agreement on Iranian nuclear program threatens Israel

31 March 2015 - 4:38pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the swearing-in ceremony of the parliament of the 20th calling that an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program would be a threat to Israel’s security and future. In his opinion, the document which Iran might sign in Lausanne would open the path to nuclear weapons, TASS reports.

Members of Russian government present income declarations

31 March 2015 - 4:23pm

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his government have presented their income declarations, before the deadline of April 1. The documents will be published after two weeks of checking, according to Medvedev’s Spokeswoman Natalya Timakova, reports.

Russian sports minister comments on row around fans during Montenegro vs. Russia match

31 March 2015 - 4:12pm

Russian Minister for Sports Vitaly Mutko has commented on the opening of a disciplinary case against the Russian football team over the behaviour of fans during the Montenegro vs. Russia match within the framework of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying rounds. He said that the Russian Football Union should monitor the behaviour of fans during games as the organization responsible for organizing games, reports.

One fifth of Turkish hotels to give Russians discounts

31 March 2015 - 4:04pm

Maya Lomidze, the executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, said that about 18-20% of Turkish hotels offered a discount of 15% to Russian tourists in the context of the ruble devaluation, TASS reports.TUI offered discounts of 40% for booking hotels early.

Tikrit taken back from ISIS control

31 March 2015 - 3:46pm

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said today that Tikrit (the center of the Saladin Governorate) was under full control of the government and the state flag has been raised over the provincial administration's building, TASS reports.The city had been under ISIS control since mid-2014.

North Ossetia to find most skilled PC-using pensioner

31 March 2015 - 3:22pm

North Ossetia will hold the first contest to choose the most skilled PC user among women aged over 55 and men over 60. The contest is aimed at successful social adaption to the information space, encouragement of communication and accessibility of state electronic services, Interfax-South reports.Pensioners will demonstrate their skills in using MS Office, Word, PowerPoint, searching for information in text and picture formats, and their ability to use the portal of state services.

Russian foreign minister returns to Switzerland to resume nuclear talks with Iran

31 March 2015 - 3:04pm

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has returned to Switzerland today to continue the nuclear negotiations between the Group of Six and Iran. The minister had left the negotiation process to attend meetings in Moscow, he was temporarily substituted by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, TASS reports.

Militants release woman from occupied building in Khasavyurt

31 March 2015 - 2:37pm

 The militants surrounded in a residence in Khasavyurt have agreed to release a woman. They refused to surrender and opened fire at the law enforcers surrounding them, RIA Novosti reports.The police are unaware of the number of militants surrounded. 

Merkel hopes Iran and mediators will reach an agreement

31 March 2015 - 2:24pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed hope that Iran and the Group of Six (the five permanent members of the UNSC and Germany) will reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program in Lausanne (Switzerland). She noted that the mediators need confidence that Iran will not develop nuclear weapons, RIA Novosti reports.

Chingiz Abdullayev heads Neftchi PFK monitoring council

31 March 2015 - 2:19pm

Chingiz Abdullayev has become the head of the Neftchi PFK (Azerbaijan) monitoring council consisting of seven members, as stated today by Sadig Saddigov, the president of the football club, Trend reports.Rovnag Abdullayev, the president of SOCAR and the general sponsor of Neftchi, clarified that changes in the club’s management were a global tendency.Neftchi PFK has also join the Neftchi Sports Society.

Kudrin estimates losses from Crimea’s reintegration at $150-200 billion

31 March 2015 - 1:31pm

The Russian economy’s total losses from Crimea’s reintegration are estimated at $150-200 billion over 3-4 years, ex-Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin said at a round table discussion on the fifteenth anniversary of Vladimir Putin's election as Russia's president."Crimea’s reintegration will cost Russia about $6-7 billion a year. Over the course of 3-4 years, this figure may reach from $150 billion to $200 billion," RIA Novosti cited Kudrin as saying. 

Unidentified persons take prosecutor hostage in Istanbul

31 March 2015 - 1:26pm

Unidentified armed persons took the prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage in the building of the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office.Gendarmerie forces have arrived at the scene. The employees of the Prosecutor’s Office are being evacuated from the building, TASS reports. 

Employment Fair for students to be held in Azerbaijan

31 March 2015 - 1:20pm

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Education is organizing an Employment Fair for students for the first time.The Employment Fair will be organized and held with the support of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Azerbaijan and British American Tobacco, the world leader in tobacco production, reports with reference to the Ministry.

Davutoglu: act of terror could be reason for power failure in Turkey

31 March 2015 - 12:16pm

An act of terror could be the reason for the power failure in about 30 cities of Turkey, the TRT Haber news channel cited Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying.According to him, the causes of the power outage in these cities are being established.