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An emergency regime has been introduced in North Ossetia by request of the Ministry of Agriculture due a cotton budworm threat, the head of the press-service of the Emergency Ministry of North Ossetia, Yulia Starchenko, told RIA Novosti.

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Georgian Premier Nika Gilauri is on a visit to Azerbaijan, where he met Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Premier Artur Rasizade. They were closed-door meetings and details about them are unknown, Georgia Online reports. The Georgian premier laid flowers at the tomb of former Azerbaijani president Heydar Aliyev and visited the alley of shekhids, where the memorial to Azerbaijanis that died for their faith is located.

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The Caspian fleet will remain as an independent military unit of the Russian Armed Forces, a high-ranking official of the Main Staff of the Russian Navy told RIA Novosti in Moscow on Friday.Some media reported earlier that the process of reforming the Russian military may take away the independence of the Caspian fleet and merge it with the Black Sea fleet. The source still did not exclude the possibility of the Caspian fleet becoming part of the Black Sea fleet in the future.

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The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 will cost 185 billion rubles, 80 billion from state funds, the rest from private investment, the deputy chairman of Russian government Dmitry Kozak told journalists on Friday as part of his visit to Sochi, RIA Novosti reports. He said that he sees positive progress in Sochi. People that have moved to new houses are happy. Independent experts of the Olympic Committee give very high rating of the work, Kozak said.

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Ex-speaker of the Georgian parliament and leader of the party "Democratic movement — United Georgia", Nino Burjanadze, is planning to visit the USA in the near future, News.am reports.Her press-service said that she will tell the press about the aims of her visit, News georgia reports. Burjanadze often visits foreign countries, commenting: "The Georgian authorities are into black PR, I am into big-time politics".

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Tskhinvali hopes that the self-proclaimed independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia will also be considered by the UN, the Deputy Foreign Minister of South Ossetia, Kazbulat Tskhovrebov, told Golos Rossii.He said that the republic needs such an opportunity to prove its independence, which does not violate international law. He added that, despite the decision by the International Court of the UN on Kosovo being consultative in nature, it creates an international legal precedent.

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The new package of EU sanctions against Iran is aimed at disrupting the oil industry in the country. The details of the project will be considered on July 26th at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. According to ITAR-TASS, citing diplomatic sources, the key positions have been agreed on and only the technical aspects need resolving and formulating.

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From 29th to 30th of July the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States(CIS) will consider the project of establishing an Intergovernmental Council to fight corruption, 1news.az reports, citing information from the Executive Committee of the CIS.

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At 10.00 Moscow time the railroad workers of the North Caucasus restored the section of track damaged by the explosion on Friday in Dagestan, not far from Inchkhe station, RIA Novosti reports, citing the head of the North Caucasian Railroad press-service, Vladimir Svershevskiy. The explosion took place at 8.50 Moscow time, when an unknown explosive device went off as non-departmental security guards were passing. No one was injured.

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American Monolith will invest a sum of $9 million into Poti, Business Georgia reports.A Limited Liability Company, headed by Georgiy Asatiani, sent a letter to the Ministry of Economy requesting the purchase of 3000 sq. m. belonging to Poti to open an enterprise. But the former deputy minister made a late reply in February, saying that the territory belongs to the mayor's office of Poti and the businessman should address the municipality. The Mayor of Poti, Vakhtang Lemondjava, said that Asatiani got in touch with him on June 21st.

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A Georgian governmental delegation, headed by Premier Nika Gilauri, will arrive in Azerbaijan on July 23rd, where a session of the Georgian-Azerbaijani intergovernmental commission will be held.According to 1news.az, they will discuss gas supply issues, construction of a 500 kilovolt power line, construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad and the Rustavi-Baku highway.

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A three point earthquake took place at 5.49 in the Gegarkunikskaya region of Armenia (in the north-west of the republic), 11 km away from the city of Gavar, the national seismological service told Interfax.There are no damaged structures or victims.

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An explosive device went off at the railroad terminal of Inchkhe-Kayakent in Dagestan, injuring a departmental security guard, the railroad office in Makhachkala told Interfax.The explosion took place at 8:50, approximately half a metre of railroad was damaged. The self-made explosive device was hidden in a bag covered with sticky tape. The Baku-Kharkov Train No 369 was halted and is currently in Derbent.

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The chief engineer of "Sulakgidrokaskad", Vladimir Redkin, was kidnapped in the Untsukulskiy region of Dagestan, the police department of Untsukulskiy region told Interfax.The engineer's driver, Kurban Kurbanov, reported to the police at 10:15 after finding the engineer“s apartment open and its owner missing.. The investigation revealed that the kidnappers entered the apartment in the village of Shamilkala using the balcony. They found a 7.62 mm cartridge shell.

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7people died in a road accident in Mutso Gorge in Khevsureti region (Eastern Georgia), including two children and women. The Minister of Health, Alexander Kvitashvili, said that a bus with 10 people fell down a gorge, Trend reports. The names of the victims have not been released.

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