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Russian premier Vladimir Putin will go on an official visit to the Krasnodar region, where he will visit the villages damaged by flooding, RIA Novosti cites the press-service of the council of ministers. The Russian government published an order to give 527 million rubles as financial support to the victims of the flooding to compensate for their losses.

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The president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has met with the chairman of the Constitutional court of Russia, Valery Zorkin, in Armenia. Zorkin arrived in the country to participate in an international conference, News.am cites the president's press-service.The Armenian president underlined the importance of cooperation and experience exchange between the constitutional courts of the two countries. Sargsyan called the Armenian Constitutional Court the most developed institution of the country.

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The president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in the city of Turkmenbashi on a two-day visit in Turkmenistan, where he plans to meet his Turkmen colleague Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, RIA Novosti reports.This evening the leaders will visit a music laser show of sea fountains. The negotiations between Medvedev and Berdymuhamedov will be held on Friday in a tourist area of Turkmenbashi.

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The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has signed an order on additional measures to increase the social and economic development of the Agdzhabedinsky, Imishlinsky, Saatlinsky and Gusarsky districts, APA cites the preisdent's decree.Each district received 1.5 million manats. The money will mostly be spent on restoring roads.

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The leader of the Pliyev gang, Islam Tochiyev, has been killed during an operation. The gunman was hiding in a private house and offered armed resistance, ITAR TASS reports.Tochiyev became the leader of the gang in August after the previous leader of the gang, Ilyas Gardamov, was killed.

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The Special State Security Service will protect the ballot papers at the elections in Azerbaijan, Trend cites the press-service of the Central Electoral Committee of Azerbaijan.The ballots will be printed under the Service's control.

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Reduction of CO2 emissions and use of renewable energy resources are being discussed at the first International Covenant of Mayors Conference, looking for joint activities in terms of the European Union and its partners to improve ecology, Trend reports.

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Passenger traffic at the biggest airport of the North Caucasus in Mineralnye Vody has increased 32% in the last nine months compared to the same period last year, RIA Novosti reports.This could be explained by the increase in business activities in the region, a representative of the Kavminvodyavia airline company believes.

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About 75 gunmen have been killed in Chechnya since the beginning of this year, announced the head of the Chechen interior ministry, Muslim Isayev, RIA Novosti reports.According to him, during this time 53 weapons stores were found and destroyed and 230 guns, about 19,000 different weapons and over 40 home-made explosive devices were confisctaed.Isayev also said, that this year half the number of murders were reported.

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Georgia today begins celebrating the day of the country's capital city with a festival, "Tbilisoba-2010", being held from the 21st to the 30th of October, NewsGeorgia reports.This is the 31st time it will be celebrated. Today the celebration starts with the opening of exhibitions "Maps of oldTbilisi" and "History, Style, Costumes", devoted to the history ofGeorgian cinema and theatre.

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The land forces of Iran will start large-scale military manoeuvres in the provinces of Ilam and Huzestan, the commander of Iranian land forces Ahmedzra Purdastan announced, Iran News reports, citing IRNA.The manoeuvres will last a week, with drones, rockets and all military components being used.

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At around 15.00 hours in Baku, Azerbaijan, the cable of an elevator broke due to overload. As a result of the incident 10 people were injured, but there were no fatalities, Trend reports.

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The personnel of the special forces have laid siege to an abandoned mine asa part of special operation in the Elbrus district of Kabardino-Balkaria, RIA Novosti reports.On Wednesday a group of 30 gunmen was discovered on the terrritory of the Elbrus district.The first fight with the militia occured at 15.00 hours, in which one policeman died.The gunmen hid themselves in an abandoned mine.

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The Council of Europe will assist in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by organizing meetings with representatives of all sides, Chairman of of the Council of Europe Thornbjorn Jagland said at a press-conference in Yerevan, News.am reports. Jagland also said that they cannot interfere in the conflict, and the OSCE Minsk Group is working on the issue.

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has signed amendments to the law on excise tax, fixed payments for tobacco products, VAT, and the protection of the domestic market, Arka reports, citing the press-service of the president. The president also signed the law on fixed payments for petrol and diesel fuel and fixed payments for tobacco products, which comes into force on January 1, 2014.

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Kabardino-Balkaria has compiled a registry of all war veterans and the relatives of deceased veterans that need housing, Yuga.ru reports. There are 446 veterans registered, according to the information on October 20, 2010, that have been waiting for an improvement of their housing situation since March 1, 2005. The republic has viewed the documents of 394 people and provided subsidies for 268 veterans.

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