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The refusal of the European Court of Human Rights to consider thecomplaints of South Ossetian citizens and relatives of Russianpeacekeepers against Georgia demonstrates a disrespectful attitude tohuman rights, the South Ossetian Minister of Foreign Affairs, MuratDzhidoyev said, RIA Novosti reports.

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The Georgian Defense Ministry has halted military training due to ablast at Krtsanisi base that killed 3 and injured 13 servicemen, thehead of the public affairs department of the Georgian Defense MinistrySalome Makharadze said, Trend reports.She said that the military police and the general inspection of theministry are investigating the case.

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The Georgian Defense Ministry has suspended training at the Krtsanisimilitary base after an explosion that killed three and wounded 13soldiers, the head of the Department for Public Affairs of the DefenseMinistry of Georgia, Salome Makharadze, announced at a specialbriefing, Trend reports.

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The Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia will spend more than 1 billion rubles on the modernization of the public healthcare system, RIA Novosti reports. "The Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia is going to spend almost 500 thousand million rubles on the modernization of the public healthcare system in 2011 and one half billion rubles in 2012", says the statement of the press service of the President of Karachay-Cherkessia.

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The Strasbourg Court has closed the half of the suits brought against Georgia, The Georgian Timesreports .The closures are due to the absence of mandatory data. The Court made the decision to close 1549 out of 3300 cases in accordance with Paragraph 37 of the European Convention on the Protection of HumanRights. According to the Press Service, the Court has twice requested relevant information regarding the August War in 2008, but in vain.

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Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has begun a visit to the United States today, News.az reports. The presidential administration's official web site informs that the Georgian delegation has 90 meetings scheduled. Mikhail Saakashvili will attend the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly and deliver a speech.

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On Monday Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu held separate telephone conversations with his Greek, Iranian, Syrian and Senegalese counterparts, discussing bilateral as well as international issues, World Bulletin reports.

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The Eurasian Expert Forum has today completed its first meeting in Astana. The meeting decided to turn the forum into a permanent expert structure

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Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Speaker, Ali Larijani, says foreign powers are instilling fear into people in various regions to maintain their own dominance and illegitimate interests, Press TV reports. Larijani made the remarks at a meeting on Monday with South Korean Ambassador to Tehran, Park Jae-hyun, in reference to the latest developments and tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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Iranian intelligence chief Heidar Moslehi on Tuesday revealed more details about the investigation into last year's killing of a nuclear physicist, The Jerusalem Post reports.Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Moslehi claimed that more than 10 suspects had been arrested and all were members of networks linked to the Mossad. Moslehi warned any nations cooperating with Israel in such plots that Iran would consider them "bases for terrorist assignments" and threats to the entire Middle East.

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A truck fell off a bridge in Baku, Trend cites the Baku City State Traffic Police Department. The traffic accident took place today in the capital's Nizami district on Bagirov Bridge. The truck, which turned over, fell on passing cars. As a result of the accident, five people were injured. At present, Emergency Situations Ministry employees and police are on the scene.

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The negotiations between Iran and the "Six" international mediator-states will be held in Istanbul on January 21-22, the official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast, told a weekly press conference, Trend cites Mehr news agency. He said that Iran and the "Six", which consists of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely the UK, China, Russia, the US and France, as well as Germany, will unite to define the general principles and objectives of cooperation, as agreed upon in Geneva.

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The President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and the leader of the political party "Flourishing Armenia", Gagik Tsarukyan, have announced that the party will leave the governing coalition, Armenian media reports. According to information of Armenian journalists, the decision was made few days ago during a special meeting. The sides are now trying to compose an official statement. The ruling Republican party wishes to emphasize that "Flourishing Armenia" was forced to leave the coalition while the leaders of "Flourishing Armenia" are doing their best to avoid such rhetoric.

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An explosion took place at a military base in Georgia, Trend reports. According to the Georgian Ministry of Defense, 3 soldiers were killed and 13 wounded. The soldiers were transported to Tbilisi's Rustavi Hospital.

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The Committee of Ministers of the European Council has issued a statement demanding that Turkey revoke the 14-month prison sentence for Dogu Perincek, the chairman of the Turkish Labour Party, and that thejudgement be reviewed, Turkish newspaper Milliyet reports.The Committee noted that the prison sentence was given due to Mr. Perincek's words on a programme broadcast on TRT (Turkish official television) before the 1991 elections.

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According to a decree of the Armenian Minister of Education and Science, Armen Ashotyan, a complex programme 'The Struggle against Corrupt Phenomena in the Education System for 2011-2012' has been approved, PanArmenian Network reports. The programme was endorsed by the Armenian government and the republic's Ministry of Education and Science. An electronic version of the programme was sent to all international and local non-governmental

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"The Iranian nation and government are fully prepared to break [the Israeli] blockade on the Gaza Strip, as they demonstrated a good presence in the humanitarian aid convoy recently dispatched to Gaza," said Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, at a meeting on Monday with the political leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza, Saleh Zeidan, Iranian news agency Press TV has recently reported.

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Proof of ancient wine production has come from a cave near a remote Armenian village situated within 60 miles of Mount Ararat, in the vicinity of which the biblical patriarch Noah is said to have made the first wine in history, The Washington Post reports. A wine press and a vat were found by archaelogists during excavations in a cave near an Armenian village. The equipment dates back 6,000 years, scientists say.

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Azerbaijan and Kuwait have signed agreements on economic and cultural cooperation, as well as to ease visa requirements for diplomats, Trend reports. The documents were signed by the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Elmar Mammadyarov, and his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem.

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A Eurasian forum devoted to the results of 20 years of independent development of the post-Soviet republics was opened today in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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