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Victory Relay rally organized in Sochi

The Glory memorial In Sochi will on Wednesday be the site for an organized rally and Victory Relay program devoted to the 65th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, the press service of the city administration said. 

Imedi TV boss denies accusations spoof news report was agreed with Saakashvili

The general director of Georgian TV company Imedi has categorically denied the authenticity of the circulation of his telephone conversation with one of the workers of television in which he …

Armenian deputies take tour on South Caucasus Railway

A group of Armenian parliamentarians made a working visit to a number of railway facilities in the republic and were familiarized with their activities, the press service of South Caucasus Railways (SCR) told the News-Armenia agency. 

Ingushetia’s Interior Ministry gets new head

 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree on the appointment of Major-General Viktor Pogolov as interior minister of Ingushetia. 

Turkmen president receives Russian foreign minister

 Turkmenistan considers Russia as a strategic partner, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov said on Tuesday at the opening of a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, RIA Novosti reported. 

Heavy snow cuts off South Ossetia’s electricity supplies

 South Ossetia has been left completely with electricity due to heavy snow on the Trans-Caucasian highway, which snapped power lines, a spokesperson for the North Ossetian emergencies ministry said, Itar-Tass reported. He said the republic had been without electricity since 0100.

Secretary general of OSCE set his hopes in the Kazakh presidency in the organization.

Secretary general of OSCE set his hopes in the Kazakh presidency in the organization.

Kazakh presidency in OSCE in 2010 gives a chance for overcoming the stagnant tendencies in the organization which are frequently criticized by Russia and other CIS countries. Such opinion was expressed by secretary general of OSCE Marc Perrin de Brichambaut when answering the questions of students of BSU – reports BELTA.

Russia's Lavrov in Turkmenistan for economic talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a two-day visit on Monday to discuss bilateral economic cooperation issues, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

PACE rapporteur to visit North Caucasus

The PACE rapporteur on human rights in the North Caucasus, Dick Martin, is to visit Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan on March 21-28, ITAR-TASS said, citing a Council of Europe source.

EBRD head to visit Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

The head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will visit the capitals of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia.

PACE supports Kazakh proposal on OSCE summit.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) supports the initiative of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold an OSCE summit this year, KazTAG said.

Russia calls Georgian TV 'war' report 'provocation'

A Georgian TV report about the "invasion" of the country by Russia was of a provocative character and damaged security and stabilty in the region, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday, RIA Novosti reports.

Landslides expected in Krasnodar territory.

A landslide warning was declared for south Russia's Krasnodar Territory on Monday by emergency services, Yuga.ru reports.

Italy and Georgia to cooperate in fight against crime.

An agreement was signed in Rome on Georgian-Italian cooperation in the struggle against crime. The signing of the document took place during an official visit by the Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili to Italy where he met his Italian colleague Roberto Maroni, reports “Georgia online”.

North Caucasus shootout in St. Petersburg

A shootout between “people from the North Caucasus” occurred on Monday in St. Petersburg, police said.

Diplomats head to Georgia ahead of next round of Geneva talks on S. Caucasus security

On March 16-17, the co-chairmen of Geneva talks on S. Caucasus security, Pierre Morel, Ante Turenen and Bulat Nurgaliev, will visit the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. As Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nino Kalandadze told journalists, the aim of the visit is the clarification of the agenda of the tenth round of Geneva talks, due to start on March 30, reports Trend.

Head of Tuapse’s transport police commits suicide.

 The Investigation Committee of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office is investigating the suspected suicide of head of the Tuapse Transport Police, Vasily Gavrilov, who according to preliminary information hanged himself in his own house on Saturday night, the deputy of the head of the city investigation department said on Monday, RIA Novosti reports.  

2 ministers ousted in Armenian government reshuffle

The Armenian government has lost two ministers. As the ARMENIA Today news agency reports, citing reliable sources, the minister of Transportation and communications, Gurgen Sarkisyan, and the head of the emergency control ministry, Mger Shakhgeldyan, were ousted. Both are members of the Orinants Erkir party.  

Shmatko: Russia won’t combine South Stream, Nabucco

Shmatko: Russia won’t combine South Stream, Nabucco

Russia is not looking at the question integrating the projects to build the Nabucco and South Stream gas pipelines, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko told journalists.  

Iranian parliament approves budget for forthcoming year

Iranian MPs have approved the budget for the forthcoming 2010-2011 year (in Iran the year starts on March 21), Trend reports quoting Iranian mass media.