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The Georgian parliament has opened its spring session. As noted by thespeaker of parliament, David Bakradze, the first plenary meeting willbe held on February 8, Georgia Online reports.

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Sappers today defused a bomb found on a road in Kabardino-Balkaria,between the villages of Dugulubgey and Chegem-2, RIA Novosti reports,citing its source in the law enforcement bodies.Sappers also found an extremist poster on the bomb similar to onediscovered on the outskirts of the village of Zayukovo next to theElbrus District. However, there was no bomb under that poster.This is the fourth case of discovery of such posters inKabardino-Balkaria in the past two days.

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Farmers markets will be set up in all the districts of Tbilisi,Business-Georgia reports.The project has been developed by Tbilisi City Hall.The project requires 890,000 GEL of investments, more than 460,000 ofwhich will be spent on construction work.

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A counter-terrorist operation is being carried at the moment against militants in a private house in the village of Shamkhal near Makhachkala, RIA Novosti reports, referring to the representative of the Information Center of the National Counter-terrorist Committee. According to the representative, a woman left the house occupied by the militants during the negotiations.

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The speed of a microprocessor being produced in Iran will be equal to34,000 MHz, Deputy Iranian President for Science and Technology SalarAmuli said, the official website of the Iranian television iribnews.irreports.According to him, the national computer will be ready for use thisyear and will enter the list of the top 500 most powerful computers inthe world.

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The Baku Tourist Information Center has discussed opening an office inMoscow, Trend reports.The question of opening a representative office in the Russian capitalwas discussed at a specialized workshop devoted to the development ofbusiness tourism in Moscow. The event was organized by the Associationfor National Tourist Offices in Russia (ANTOR), with the support ofthe Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUTI). The workshop was attendedby 106 representatives from 35 countries, offering their products and

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Armenia had about 80 thousand unemployed by the end of 2010. They represent 6.9% of the economically active population, said the head of the State Employment Service of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Sona Arutyunyan, News.Am reports.At the end of 2009 the number of unemployed amounted to 80 thousand people and constituted 7.5% of the economically active population. However, Armenia has not yet returned to pre-crisis indicators with about 75 thousand unemployed.The last study in this regard was held in 2009.

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Kazakhstan may hold early presidential elections on April 3, KazTag reports. The joint session of both chambers of the Kazakh parliament will pass amendments to the constitutional laws on elections and the presidency on Wednesday. According to the amendments, early elections are announced by the president and are held within 2 months of the announcement, KirTAG reports. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev decided not to hold a referendum on the prolongation of his presidential terms until 2020, instead proposing early elections.

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The Azerbaijani parliament has approved amendments to the Electoral Code today, Trend reports. Ali Guseynov, head of the parliamentary committee for legal policy and state construction, said that the amendments will be examined for their compatibility with the Constitution. The previous amendments were introduced in June 2010. They cancelled funds for candidates from the state budget and the terms for announcing election results were reduced from 75 to 60 days.

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The King of Jordan Abdullah II has dismissed the government and appointed Marouf Bakhit as the Prime Minister, replacing Samir Rifai, Reuters reports.Jordan had mass protests against the economic policy of the government and rising prices in January.

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A bus on the Alagir-Vladikavkaz route turned over near the Khataldonvillage of North Ossetia at approximately 14.00 (Moscow time). Theaccident was caused by icy road. Two people were injured, RIA Novosticites Yulia Starchenko, head of the press-service of the republic"sEmergencies Ministry, as saying

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The inflation rate in Armenia has risen by 2.8%, compared withDecember, News Armenia cites the National Statistics Service ofArmenia.The prices for food (including alcohol and tobacco products) increasedby 4.9%, non-food products — by 0.5%. The prices for services droppedby 0.2%.The consumer price index reached 110.6% in January 2011, compared withJanuary 2010. The prices food products rose by 17.1% in the periodfrom January 2010 to January 2011, non-food products — by 5.2%,services — 4.6%.

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Tbilisi will launch yellow minibus taxis in October. The decision wasmade after a tender, Business Georgia reports.Lavrenty Alanya, member of the special tender commission of theYerevan mayor"s office and head of the transport trade union, saidthat the mayor's office will sign contracts with four winners of thetender in a month.Ford Transit of 2011 will be the model for the taxi.The tender winners are Tbilline, Public Car, Capital Group and Tbil C

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The introduction of a two-chamber parliament in Armenia requires longtalks and discussions, press-secretary of Armenian president ArmenArzumanyan told News Armenia.Armenian Minister of Communities Granush Akopyan announced theinitiative of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to form a two-chamberparliament at a meeting with Armenians in California.

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Iranian Roads and Transport Minister Hamid Behbahani has beendismissed, IRIB News reports.147 members of parliament voted for the dismissal, 78 voted against, 9abstained from voting. 234 out of 242 deputies took part in the votingprocess.Hamid Behbahani did not make a report at the parliament on Tuesday.Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani called it a violation of the law.The parliament says Behbahani is unable to fulfill his duties asminister, citing the poor condition of air transport and numerous aircrashes.

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