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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has awarded the head of the RussianState University of the Humanities, Yefim Pivovarov, the Order ofFriendship. A correspondent member of the Russian Academy of Sciences,Doctor of Historic Sciences, Professor Pivovarov was alsocongratulated by the university, followed by congratulations from theSociety of Friendship of Russia and Azerbaijan, which Pivovarovchairs, then the head of the Federation Council Sergey Mironov, thenthe executive office of the Public Chamber of Russia.

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Within the framework of the visit to Bolivia of Iranian Minister of Industry and Mines Ali Akbar Mekhrabiyan, the sides agreed on Iran granting a 200 million euro credit to Bolivia, Iran.ru reports, citing the ISNA agency.The sum will be spent on developing industry.At a joint conference with Bolivian President Evo Morales, Ali Akbar Mekhrabiyan said that the credit will finance geological prospecting and the textile industry in Bolivia. There are no limitations on using the credit in other industrial spheres.

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The head ofLUKOIL Vagit Alekperov will not resign, considering hisgoals in the largest Russian private oil company unaccomplished. Hesaid in an interview to the newspaper ‘Vedomosti’ that he needs tocomplete structuring of the company and development of the newstrategy, which he characterized as “maximum profit, efficiency anddevelopment”.Alekperov said that he is not looking for a successor yet.

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Today in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, the opening ceremony of StateFlag Square took place, reports 1news.az. The world highest flagpole(162 meters) has been constructed in the square by Trident Support.

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The transit of oil through the Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan-Georgia corridoris to increase by 20 million tons. Kazakhstan plans to make thecorridor the main route and Azerbaijan is to invest $1 billion inrailway infrastructure development, Azerbaijani State Oil Company headRovnag Abdullaev said.

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Traffic movement in several streets in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku is to be restricted on September 2-3 due to the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the State Traffic Patrol Department said, reports ANS. Drivers are requested to use alternative routes.

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The president of UEFA, Michel Platini, said he was pleased with his visit to Armenia. Platini was speaking at the opening of a FootballAcademy in Armenia. UEFA will continue to to lend financial assistancefor the development of the Armenian game, he added.

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The Interior Minister of Karachai-Cherkess Zhaudat Ahmathanov led the first lesson at the specialized police class in Cherkessk, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press service of the republic.The students of the police class are 28 children of 5 grade.

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The president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has participated in the official opening ceremony of the monument of the Sorrowful Psalms Book (Narek) by Armenian poet and philosopher Grigor Narekatsi, NewsArmenia reports.This book by Naretsi is called "national Bible" or just "Narek".

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The Azerbaijani oil company SOCAR and the Turkish  pipeline company Botas will sign all the documents on the sale of Azerbaijani gas to Turkey and gas transit through the country by March 31, 2011, Trend reports.The president of SOCAR, Rovnag Abdullayev, said three documents will be signed. At the moment technical work is being carried out.

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A representative of the Foreign Ministry of Iran stated today that the legal status of the Caspian sea is 70% agreed on between its five countries, Iran News reports, citing the news agency SHAHA He also expressed his hope that its status will be completely agreed on in the near future.

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The prime-minister of Georgia, Nika Gilauri, said inflation has been growing very fast since the start of the yea, Trend reports."A few days ago, the Russian grain market closed for exports, now the government of Georgia needs to find alternative markets and start to diversify the import of wheat. The Agriculture Ministry is working on it. The government chose Ukraine, and we already have preliminary agreement," he said.

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Kabardino-Balkaria has a good basis for further develop,emt, the president's envoy in the North Caucasus Federal District , Alexander Khloponin, YUGA.ru reports.He also said that the region is not a problem spot, and it is worth investing in it and developing it. Khloponin underlined that "destructive forces will not succeed in destabilizing this region", Interfax reports.

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Iranian Interior Minister Mustafa Mohammed Nadzhar will visit Pakistan on Thursday, Trend reports, citing the news agency MEHR. Nadzhar will visit areas hit by severe recent flooding.

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The president's envoy in the North Caucasus Federal District, Alexander Khloponin, has suggested introducing the baccalaureate system in the region, RIA Novosti reports."We are in the 21st century and aiming for the Russian educational system to fit the international standards. In Russia we already have several precedents of schools using the baccalaureate system. Students study one more year there, but then can enter international universities", Khloponin said.

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The president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, has honoured UEFA chief Michel Platini with the honour order for the cooperation with Armenia in sport and the development of children's football in the republic, NewsArmenia reports. "We are honouring you because you give us good passes, and we hope you will keep on doing this in the future", Sargsyan said.

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A report by the Georgia TV company Rustavi  2 about blast and subsequent fire at a Russian military base in Abkhazia is false, a representative of the Defense Ministry of Russia told RIA Novosti.Nothing have happened at the bases and the territories near Russian military objects in Abkhazia, he said.

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The prime minister of Georgia, Nika Giluari, will visit Lithuania on September 2-3, Trend reports, citing the premier's press office.Guluari will meet with his Lithuanian counterpart Andrius Kubilius, the president of Lithuania and other members of the government. Bilateral relations, Lithuania's assistance for Georgia's integration into the EU and NATO, and Lithuanian investment in Georgia will be discussed at the meetings. 

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The sanctions against Iran will not bring the desired results, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with the first-year students of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, RBK reports.The problem of Iran concerns the imperfection of the non-proliferation regime, which should be based on international law, he said.The diplomat noted that any problems should be discussed without using force. He added that Iran should provide cooperation with IAEA.

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