Exhibition of Iranian goods in Armenia will help to solve problems of farmers

16 September 2014 - 3:37pm

 An exhibition of the Iranian goods will open on September 18 in Yerevan's "Mergelyan Expo Center", Iranian businessman and philanthropist of Armenian origin Levon Agaronyan declared in Yerevan today.This will be the 16th such exhibition. About 50 Iranian companies will take part in its work, reports. 

House prices in Spain will not grow

16 September 2014 - 12:03pm

High unemployment and a falling population will not provide the Spanish housing market with the boost it needs. Prices will keep falling in 2015, despite a recovery of the economy from recession. According to official information, house prices have started rising for the first time in six years since dropping by 40%. They increased by 0.8% in Q2, compared with the same period the previous year, Moody’s Investors Service Inc. reports.

Chechnya to form industrial pool

16 September 2014 - 11:51am

Chechnya will form its first industrial pool at the Grozny factory for reinforced concrete constructions, according to Chechen Assistant Minister for Economic and Territorial Development Ramzan Dakayev.The official noted that the process was at the stage of composing documents for the project. Three residents, in his words, have expressed readiness to organize their manufacturing at the industrial pool.The project will be realized in 2015-2016. Budgetary and non-budgetary funds will be spent on realization of the project.

Turkey to continue increasing exports to Russia

16 September 2014 - 11:35am

Zekeria Mete, the head of the Istanbul Union of Exports of Grain, Legumes and Olive Crops, said today that Turkey will ignore the EU and continue exporting products to Russia. Mete added that relations with Russia were more important than with the European Union, RIA Novosti reports.The official noted the need to reduce customs duties and expressed the readiness of Turkish business to invest in the Russian food industry.

Ukraine enters EU Association

16 September 2014 - 11:15am

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the EU Association Agreement after its ratification by the parliament. The agreement forms a free trade zone between the EU and Ukraine.

Alizdeh comes third in Valli Del Natisone bicycle race

16 September 2014 - 11:04am

Elgun Alizadeh (Azerbaijan) crossed the finish line third in the one-day Valli Del Natisone Gran Prix bicycle race in Italy. He passed 120km in 2 hours 47 minutes 40 seconds. A total of 111 racers from over 10 countries took part in the race, reports.

Storm provokes growing queue on Kerch Ferry

16 September 2014 - 10:48am


Criminal case initiated over infection of children in North Ossetia

16 September 2014 - 10:38am

Over 100 children and teenagers were hospitalized with intestinal infection in the Alagir Central Hospital. 68 children were hospitalized with rotavirus symptoms in North Ossetia as a result of poisoning on a water pipeline section. The North Ossetian Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case over the infection, reports.

Azerbaijan to legalize civil marriages

16 September 2014 - 10:26am


Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk gain special status

16 September 2014 - 10:12am

277 out of 450 members of the Ukrainian parliament have voted for President Petro Poroshenko’s bill granting the Donbass and Luhansk oblasts a special status. Leader of the Freedom Party Oleh Tyagnibok said that 287 out of 450 voted for the bill freeing participants of the war in the two districts from persecution.

4-point earthquake hits Iran’s Shahmirzad

16 September 2014 - 10:02am

 An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 points was registered in Shahmirzad (Semnan Province, Iran) at 5.09am today, Trend reports.The epicenter of the earthquake was 10km deep. No injuries or damage have been reported. 

Euro costs 50 rubles

16 September 2014 - 9:45am

The value of the ruble continues to fall. The cost of a dollar increased by 0.30 rubles to 38.68 rubles since the close of previous trading, according to data at the Moscow Exchange at 10.10am. The euro price increased by 0.41 rubles to 50.05 rubles, the dual currency basket increased in price by 0.34 rubles to 43.79 rubles.

Armenian defense minister wants to recruit students

16 September 2014 - 9:25am

Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ognyan proposed lifting the draft deferment of students. He explained that everyone should have equal conditions and cancelling the deferment would lower corruption risks, reports.The Armenian government has tried to cancel the draft deferment several times but the public has always spoken out against it. Roben Akopyan, the leader of the Heritage Party, and Tevan Pogosyan, the secretary of the party’s parliamentary faction, have recently composed a bill to end the deferment.

Georgian schools become free for foreigners

16 September 2014 - 9:12am

The Georgian Constitutional Court has made school studies free for foreigners in Georgia. Up to 400 foreign pupils will not need to pay for this academic year, Trend reports.The initiative to lift payments for school classes for foreigners came from the Association of Young Lawyers of Georgia, representing the interests of six foreign pupils. The NGO said that imposing payments for school classes on foreigners was a violation of article 14 of the Georgian Constitution guaranteeing equality.

Azerbaijani foreign minister meets with Romanian energy minister

16 September 2014 - 9:05am

 Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met Romanian Energy Minister Razvan Nicolescu and discussed the AGRI energy project, Trend reports.Azerbaijan praised Romania for cooperation, alternative energy sources and informed him about progress in realization of the TANAP and TAP projects. 

Azerbaijan launches production of thermal cameras

16 September 2014 - 8:44am

The Alov optical factory of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has started production of thermal cameras, according to an announcement by the factory’s Director General Kyamal Askerov today, Trend reports.Turkey’s ASELSAN will assist in manufacturing the thermal systems. It has already helped Azerbaijan create night-vision scopes with a 4-6x zoom. Law enforcers are the main purchasers of the optical products.Alov and ASELSAN signed a protocol of intentions to manufacture new products at the ADEX-2014 exhibition, held in Baku last week.

Russian MP says Western sanctions make Russia less dependent

16 September 2014 - 8:34am

 Alexey Pushkov, the head of the Russian Duma committee for international affairs, said that U.S. President Barack Obama had done all he could to lose Russia as a partner, ITAR-TASS reports.He noted on Twitter yesterday that the West was making Russia more independent. 

Police surround Tatar city council in Simferopol

16 September 2014 - 8:06am

The police have surrounded and blocked access to the Crimean Tatar council of Simferopol. Investigators are searching through the building. The police are not commenting on the reasons for blocking the building, ITAR-TASS reports.

“Gypsy Market” on fire in Tbilisi center

16 September 2014 - 7:53am

22 fire-fighting brigades arrived at the “Gypsy Market” in the center of Tbilisi, where a fire reportedly broke out at 5.50am. The big market, with an area of 2500 square meters, opposite the so-called Deserter Market, was on fire, according to Temur Giorgadze, the head of the agency for emergency situations at the mayor’s office, News Georgia reports.The fire has already been put out.