6th internationl music festival ends in Gabala tomorrow

31 July 2014 - 5:47pm

The 6th international music festival ends in the Azerbaijani city of gabala tomorrow. All kinds of music, including classical music, jazz and mugam were represented during the event. Local residents expressed acttive interest to the festival. 

Azerbaijani president congratulates Swiss counterpart on national holiday

31 July 2014 - 5:34pm

Today Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter on the country's Confederation Day. In his congratulatory letter President Aliyev stressed that Swiss-Azerbaijani ties are developing in a very dynamic way.

Youth employment centre established in Dagestan

31 July 2014 - 4:58pm

A new youth employment centre has been established in the Russian North Caucasian republic of Dagestan, Russian media report on Thursday.

Turkey's president Abdullah Gul to resign in August

31 July 2014 - 4:28pm

Turkish President Abdullah Gul is going to leave his office in August when his term ends. Gul is not going to run for president for another term,

Caucasian countries to take part in Islamic film festival in Kazan

31 July 2014 - 3:50pm

The 10th International Islamic Film Festival is going to be held on September 5-11, 2014, Azerbaijani news agency Trend reports. Turkey, Azerbaijani, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan as well as the Russian regions of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Ykutia, Khakassia, Tyva and Altay are expected to take part in the event. 

Russian and Azerbaijani football teams to play friendly match

31 July 2014 - 3:30pm

The Russian and Azerbaijani national football teams are going to play a friendly match in Moscow on September 3, 2014, Sport Express reports. The teams last played against each other in the elimination rounds of the 2014 World Cup.

Ukraine's PM calls for a new energy system in Europe

31 July 2014 - 2:37pm

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for the establishment of a new energy system in Europe. According to the head of the Ukrainian cabinet, the US and EU cannot only help Ukraine to modernize its gas-delivering system, but also establish a new "energy map of Europe and the whole world," Yatsenyuk is quoted as saying

EU expresses concern about persecution of Saakashvili

31 July 2014 - 2:12pm

The European Union has expressed its deep concern about the charges brought against former Georgian president and founder of the opposition United National Movement party,

Association agreement with EU leaves Georgia without free trade with Russia

31 July 2014 - 1:44pm

The Russian Economic Development Ministry has published a draft decree on the suspension of the agreement on free trade between Russia and Georgia.

280 prisoners pardoned in Georgia

31 July 2014 - 1:20pm

The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, has signed a decree pardoning 280 prisoners in Georgia. 

Construction of bridge to Crimea will start in 2014

31 July 2014 - 12:22pm

Russian Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said that construction of a bridge to Crimea over the Kerch Strait will start this year, reports.

Kremlin monasteries demolished in 1920s may be rebuilt

31 July 2014 - 12:06pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed restoring the Chudov and Voznesensky monasteries, demolished on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin in 1929-1930, ITAR-TASS reports.Putin discussed the idea with Sergey Sobyanin, the Moscow mayor, Sergey Khebnikov, the governor of the Moscow Kremlin, Andrey Batalov, deputy director general of the Moscow Kremlin Reserve Museum, and Dmitry Shvidkovsky, the rector of the Moscow Architectural Institute, at the Ivanovskaya Square of the Kremlin, next to the 14th building.The plan needs approval from the public and UNESCO.

Palestinian leader sees humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza

31 July 2014 - 11:54am

Palestinian Leader Mahmous Abbas said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the Gaza Strip was a zone of a humanitarian catastrophe. He urged the UN chief to make use of article 99 of the Charter, Interfax reports.Abbas asked Ban Ki-moon to make a request to other countries to collect food, water and medicines for Gaza. The Palestinian leader emphasized the need to open humanitarian corridors.

Putin awards distinguished Russians

31 July 2014 - 11:39am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded 58 people, RIA Novosti reports.Heroes of Russia astronauts Oleg Novitsky, Sergey Revin and Yevgeny Tarelkin will receive Golden Stars.Senator Nikolai Ryzhkov, an ex-head of the USSR Cabinet, will receive the first-rank Order of Merit of the Fatherland. Vagit Alekperov, the head of the LUKOIL company, will receive the second-rank Order. Soviet astronaut Alexey Leonov will be awarded with the third-rank Order, Tatarstan Head Minister Shaymiyev will get the fourth-rank Order.

Turkey to launch three satellites

31 July 2014 - 11:22am

EU adopts anti-Russian sanctions

31 July 2014 - 11:13am

The Council of the European Council has passed sanctions limiting financing of Russian state banks by European investors, banning shipments of equipment to Russian oil companies from the EU and imposing an embargo on imports and exports of weapons to Russia, RIA Novosti reports.The sanctions were passed against Russia for destabilizing the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine. The decision was made according to an agreement reached at the Committee of Permanent Representatives on July 29.The legal texts will be published today and come into force on August 1.

28 tons of hemp destroyed in Georgia

31 July 2014 - 11:04am

28.373 tons of wild hemp were destroyed in Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Adjara, Imereti, Racha-Luchkhumi and Kvemo Svanetia on the order of Georgian Interior Minister Alexander Chikaidze, Trend reports.

Snowden asks Russia for refuge

31 July 2014 - 10:52am

 U.S. ex-agent of national security Edward Snowden has asked for temporary refuge in Russia, according to his lawyer Anatoly Kucheren, RIA Novosti repots.Snowden has already filed the necessary documents. The Federal Migration Service will decide whether to grant refuge, Kucheren adds. 

Ukrainian parliament votes against resignation of PM

31 July 2014 - 10:34am

 Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk was given only 16 votes for his resignation and 109 against, ITAR-TASS reports.Yatsenyuk requested resignation on July 24 due to the schism of the ruling coalition, refusal of the parliament to pass his budget sequester for 2014 and the Naftogaz reform. 

Russia orders passenger motorboats from Azerbaijan

31 July 2014 - 9:59am

The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping has ordered three 38M high-speed motorboats from the Baku Shipbuilding Factory. Production of the boats will start in August. They will have been sent to Russia by May 2016, Portnews reports.The 38M motorboats can carry up to 80 passengers and cargo to offshore oil and gas facilities.

Azerbaijan has no religious problems – Gurbanly

31 July 2014 - 9:31am

Mubariz Gurbanly, the head of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Religious Formations, told Vestnik Kavkaza that the 16th report of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about freedom of religion in the world passed to the U.S. Congress this week had unconfirmed facts and was overall biased.

Everyone welcomes Georgia’s Saakashvili

31 July 2014 - 8:58am

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has recently become a suspect in a criminal case, told Rustavi-2 that he had no need for political asylum. He noted that he was welcome in all countries, including the U.S., RIA Novosti reports.

Ukrainian parliament to decide fate of Yatsenyuk today

31 July 2014 - 8:25am

The Ukrainian parliament will decide whether to dismiss Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk or not today. 239 members (226 minimal needed) voted for a closed-door session, RIA Novosti reports.Speaker of Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov clarified that information about some issues they were planning to discuss was secret, including a report by the defense minister, issues of the Cabinet, bills and ratification of agreements with Australia and the Netherlands concerning the Malaysian Boeing crash.

Israel mobilizes 16,000 more reservists

31 July 2014 - 7:53am

Israel is mobilizing an additional 16,000 reservists, making a total of 86,000 for the operation in the Gaza Strip, RIA Novosti reports.The new mobilized troops will give other soldiers time to rest.The government allowed the military to mobilize 70,000 reservists, about 50,000 of whom have already been used.

Russian and German leaders find solution to Ukrainian crisis

31 July 2014 - 7:19am

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have prepared a secret plan to settle the Ukraine crisis, stabilize its borders and help revive its economy with a new energy deal, RBC reports.

Moscow hosts forum on 100th anniversary of WWI

31 July 2014 - 7:00am

Moscow has started the “Great War. Lessons of History” science forum today, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. The president of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin read out a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin to participants in the forum. Putin reminded in his message that 3 million Russians had been killed in the war. He assured that the feats of the soldiers and officers of WWI would always be respected.

Kazakh ambassador robbed in Saint Petersburg

31 July 2014 - 6:35am

 Thieves stole the bag of Kazakh Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Bekzhasar Narbayev with a diplomatic passport, two photo cameras and money at the Parking Hotel in Saint Petersburg at about 8.00am yesterday, Interfax reports.The police initiated a criminal case on theft. 

Palestine will sue Israel

31 July 2014 - 5:49am

Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem al-Saqqa plans to file a lawsuit against Israel with the International Criminal Court in The Hague for military crimes committed during the current ground operation in the Gaza Strip, in which over 1,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have died, RIA Novosti reports.

Head of Georgian National Tourism Administration dismissed

31 July 2014 - 5:22am

Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration Georgy Sigua has been dismissed for actions inappropriate for an authority. He will leave the office on August 4, Trend reports.Sigua was denying reports about his resignation yesterday.