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Dagestani State University is hosting a session of the XIV GeneralAssembly of the Association of Caspian region Universities, reportsRIA Dagestan. Today at a special ceremony, the Dagestani StateUniversity will be granted leadership of the organization for the nextfive years.Within the framework of the Association, various activities arecarried out: student Olympics, seminars, and conferences aimed atestablishing closer ties between the universities of the region.

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A criminal case has been opened on negligence charges after a deadlyblast in Stavropol, reports Yuga.ruThe regional prosecutor ordered an investigation into the work oflaw-enforcement agencies on the day of the terrorist act, reports RIANovosti. Regional officials believe that the crime could have beenprevented.

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The central election committee of Georgia has provided the conditionsfor transparent May 30 local elections, the chairman of thecommission, Zarab Haratishvili, said, reports Georgia Today.The commission has clarified the electoral list. The number of votersaccording to the latest information is estimated at 3,544,770 and thetotal amount of people employed at the elections will be 48,000. About10,000 local and foreign observers will monitor the polling process.

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The Russian president's ombudsman for child welfare, Pavel Astakhov,has held a meeting with the ombudsman for human rights in Chechnya,Nurdzhi Nuhazhiev, prosecutor of the Chechen republic, MikhailSavchin, and other top officials and representatives of publicorganizations, reports Yuga.ruAccording to Astakhov, the visit was a fact-finding visit to befollowed by recommendations regarding further activities in sphere ofthe protection of children's rights.

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"After the terrorist act in Stravropol we've taken emergency steps toestablish order and provide security in the North Caucasus FederalDistrict," the presidential envoy in the region, Alexander Khloponin,said, reports RIA Novosti."We have drawn up a plan of further activities to secure safety," he went on.He also added that the North Caucasus will be a territory governed by the law.

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The total assets of Georgian commercial banks exceeded $4.8 billion on May 1st. According to Georgian National Banks it is $450 million more than last year’s indicator, Georgia Times reports.The total assets of the bank sector reached $873 million, or 17.8% of cumulative assets.Georgian commercial banks had a $5 million income in April and $13.7 million since the start of this year.

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The world GDP after reducing by 2% in 2009 will rise by 3% this yearand by 3.1% in 2011. According to the new UN report on the worldeconomic state and prospects for 2010, the revival of the worldeconomy will be unstable and rapid and will not lead to the recoveryof the employment market.The head of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Robert Vos,noted that current forecasts on the world economic development arebetter than six months ago. However, the unemployment level is stillrising around the world.

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The Turkish citizen arrested in Moscow, Mehmet Korkmaz, who was said to be on Interpol's wanted list, is a namesake of the terrorist, Gazeta.ru reports.It was reported earlier that Interpol confirmed the arrest of a Turkish citizen driving a Hyundai on one of Moscow's highways. The Road Police Patrol stopped him to check documents. His name was later reported to Interpol.

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The extension of Armenian peacekeeping activities is going according to schedule, stated the head of the peacekeeping brigade of the Armenian armed forces, Colonel Artur Simonyan, noting that Armenia has all it needs in terms of recruitment, technical support and arms until 2015, Armenia Today reports.

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The presidents of Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria signed an agreement in Magas on trade-economic, scientific-technical, social and cultural cooperation between the two countries. The document involves cooperation, experience exchange, help in various economic, social and cultural spheres, ITAR-TASS reports.Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov recalled that the Ingush people shared years of exile in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. He added that it is not just an agreement, but an act of mutual aid.

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The Georgian Central Electoral Committee (CEC) is ready to hold local elections on May 30th and the elections for mayor of Tbilisi, the head of the CEC Zurab Kharatishvili said at a meeting with the inter-fractional parliamentary group on elections on Friday, RIA Novosti reports.Kharatishvili presented information on the work of the CEC and the electoral administration in the pre-election period, on technical support and clarification of the voters register, and on reaction to violations in the pre-election period.

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The law-enforcment agencies of the North Caucasus cannot cope with thedeluge of criminality, the head of the Investigative Committee of theRussian Prosecutor (ICRP) Alexander Bastrykin said in Novgorod, RIANovosti reports.He described the terrorist attacks in Stavropol as “an impudent,monstrous crime against peaceful people”.

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Azerbaijan spent $10 million on preparation for its participation inthe Eurovision-2010 song contest. According to KP, the sum included apromo-tour of its singer Safura Alizade in Europe, purchase of thesong for $150 thousand, hiring of Beyonce's choreographers andphotodiode screens on stage. Moreover, the Azerbaijani is the onlycontestant living in Oslo’s most expensive hotel.

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Armenian teachers will work in Turkey. The head of the TurkishUniversity Erdjiyesh said that their university will open departmentsof Armenian and Hebrew languages in the next academic year, Bagiunnewspaper reports. The university has invited two Armenian teachers,Armenia Today reports.

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The Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, confirmed Moscow's readiness to help find the quickest solution to the Iranian nuclear issue in a telephone conversation with the Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council on National Security, Said Jalili, Interfax reports, citing the press-service of the Russian Security Council.

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The Russian deputy chairman of the government, Russian PresidentialEnvoy to the North Caucasus Federal District Alexander Khloponin,demanded the cessation of criminal redistribution of property, often“made out to be terrorist attacks and ethnic infighting”, ITAR-TASSreports, citing a meeting in Yessentuki.

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