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Chechnya names new head of law enforcement agencies

Mohammed Daudov, a police colonel and hero of Russia, has been appointed to the post of first deputy prime minister of Chechnya, Interfax reports.Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov introduced Daudov to the Cabinet ministers and the heads of various departments during a government meeting.

Armenian president sends condolences to Turkish counterpart over quake dead

Armenian President Serge Sargsyan has sent a telegram of condolences to his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, in connection with the earthquake in Turkey that killed more than 50 people, Mediamax  reports, referring to the press service of the president of Armenia."In the name of the people of Armenia and on his own behalf, the president expressed sincere condolences to the president of Turkey and to the families of the dead," the press service said.

Israel consents to Turkey's mediation in peace talks with Syria

Israel has agreed to the recommencement of Turkish mediation in indirect talks with Syria, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turk attacked Ukraine’s consulate in Istanbul because of quarrel with Ukrainian wife

A citizen of Turkey who was shot and wounded by a guard at the Ukrainian Consulate in Istanbul during an attempt to penetrate the building, staged the attack due to a quarrel with his Ukrainian wife, reports.

Former Iranian President Khatami not allowed to travel abroad

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami is not permitted to travel abroad, reports Trend referring to the news agency Fars.According to the agency information, a representative of the Security Ministry announced on Monday during a religious meeting that Khatami had intended to go abroad some time ago but was prohibited from leaving the country.

Ingushetia’s president orders preparation of construction plans for federal program

The president of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, held a meeting with the republic’s prime minister, Alexei Vorobiyev, ministers and agency heads on the implementation of federal program for the socio-economic development of the region until 2016, reports.

Abkhazia bids final farewell to republic’s first president

A mourning ceremony was on Tuesday in the capital of Abkhazia in connection with the funeral of the first president of the republic Vladislav Ardzinba, reports Ardzinba died aged 64 on March 4 in a Moscow hospital after a protracted illness. After the civil funeral rites on March 5, which took place in the cultural center of the Armed Forces of Russia in Moscow, the body of the former president was delivered to Abkhazia. On the news of his death, all celebrations and sporting contests in the republic were canceled.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly group arrives in Tbilisi

A high-level delegation from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA OSCE), headed by President Joao Soares and the special representative on Nagorno-Karabakh and Georgia, Goran Lennmarker, has arrived in Tbilisi within the framework of a tour of the South Caucasus, reports News of Georgia.The representatives of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly arrived in Georgia late on Monday, leaving on Wednesday. They visit Armenia on March 10-13 and Azerbaijan on March 13-16.

Medvedev okays deal on Russian military base in South Ossetia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to hold discussions with South Ossetia on the signing of a deal on a Russian military base in the South Caucasus republic, RIA Novosti reported.

Medvedev’s representative to North Caucasus forms his team

Medvedev’s representative to North Caucasus forms his team

Deputy Industry Minister Maxim Bystrov will be appointed deputy presidential envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District with responsibility for economic issues, respected business daily Vedomosti reports, citing members of the delegation and the government. The document on his employment has not yet been signed but Bystrov has already begun to carry out his duties, the government official said.

Storm warning announced for Russia’s Novorossiysk

Emergency services in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Territory announced on Tuesday a storm warning for the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, RIA Novosti said.

Russian, Armenian foreign ministers talk Nagorno-Karabakh in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Armenian counterpart Edvard Nalbandian met in Moscow on March 8, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website said.

Armed man shot by police outside Ukrainian consulate in Istanbul

Turkish police shot and injured a man armed with a handgun and a grenade on Tuesday after he attempted to break into the Ukrainian consulate in Istanbul, the Trend news agency said, citing Turkish media.

Georgia signs deal with one more U.S. lobbying firm

This January, the Georgian government signed a six-month contract with one of the most powerful lobbying firms in Washington – the Podesta Group. According to the deal, worth $300,000, the company will support the Georgian authorities in Congress and in relations with the executive powers of the U.S., as well as provide mass-media management services. According to documentation presented to the U.S. Justice Department, Podesta will also organize meetings between the representatives of the Georgian authorities and members of Congress and executive authorities. The Podesta Group was founded in 1988 by the brothers Tony and John Podesta – reports Business Georgia.  

Turkey will not yield to pressure over Armenia ties – foreign minister

Turkey will not give way to pressure from any state over its relations with Armenia, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said, Armenia Today reported on Tuesday.

NATO-Georgia committee to meet March 12 in Brussels

The next meeting of the NATO-Georgia committee will take place on March 12 at the headquarters of the military alliance in Brussels, the Georgia Times reports.  

Armenian president goes to Paris

Armenian President Serge Sargsyan will fly out on Tuesday for a three-day official visit to Paris that will include meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the speaker of the senate and other high-ranking officials, Armenia Today reports.  

Turkish president to visit Kazakhstan in May

Turkish President Abdulla Gul will visit Kazakhstan in May, the former Soviet republic’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev has said, News-Kazakhstan reported on Tuesday.  

Parliamentary election on Iraq started with explosions

From 10 p.m. on Saturday till 5 a. m. on Monday in the Iraqui capital was imposed curfew. In a few hours till the beginning of the election the deserted city was plunged in tense silence.

Chechen President: liquidation of Buriatsky will help in search of Umarov

  Liquidation of ideologist of North-Caucasian militants Said Buriatsky will hasten the process of search of the Leader of bandit underground Doki Umarov – supposes President of Chechen Republic Ramazan Kadyrov.