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Iranian Bushehr nuclear plant operates in safe and secure condition, RIA Novosti reports referring to the Head of Iranian nuclear safety system center Naser Rastkhah.

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Opposition in Yemen has announced it would start a week of decisive actions against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, RIA Novosti reports.From 140 to 300 people are estimated to have been killed in Yemen's nationwide protests against the unpopular president Ali Abdullah Saleh, which have been ongoing since late January.

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Pass for elections

 The South Ossetian authorities have promised to start the distribution of new passports to the country’s citizens on May 17

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Today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed three ministers due to a ministerial staff reduction, Trend reports, referring to the official website of the Iranian president."Oil Minister Seyed Masoud Mir Kazemi, Minister of Welfare and Social Security Sadeq Mahsouli and Minister of Industries and Mines Ali Akbar Mehrabian were dismissed in the framework of the plan to reduce the number of ministers from 21 to 17," the website says. 

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‘All-Russian National Front’ project promulgated

The ruling political party in Russia ‘United Russia’ has published a project for an ‘All-Russian National Front’ organization on its official web-site. According to the document, the main goal of the Front is to help build a “strong, democratic and sovereign Russia” that “supports small enterprises and has a strong market economy”, to “create a society of free and successful personalities”

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 Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who is serving a life sentence, warned the Turkish authorities that a "big war" would be launched if the country does not find a solution to the Kurdish problem after the June 12 parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reports.

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed on Friday a decree on the composition of the Mixed Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation between the government of Azerbaijan and the Czech government, Trend reports referring to the official website of the President.Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Azerbaijan Niyazi Safarov was elected co-chair of the commision.

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The president of the Union of Georgians in Russia, Mikhail Khubutia, said that his organization had sent an official letter to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, expressing its desire to join the All-Russia People's Front, Interfax reports.The web-page of the union says that the Georgian Diaspora believes the All-Russian Front will become a platform for major discussions in the country.

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Thousands of Syrian Kurds demonstrated in the east of the country on Friday to demand an end to military actions that have killed hundreds of protesters, a Kurdish opposition leader said, Jerusalem Post reports."The demonstrations are expanding in numbers," Habib Ibrahim told Reuters, adding that demonstrations erupted in the provincial capital of Qamishli and in the smaller towns of Amouda and Derabasiyeh near the border with Turkey. The witness said pro-democracy demonstrators chanted "We want the overthrow of the regime."

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An enlarged meeting of the Consultative Council of Heads of Missions in the North Caucasus Federal District and the Stavropol Territory took place in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Dagestan of the Russian president.The meeting was attended, among others, by the Chairman of the Council, representative of North Ossetia-Alania Alexander Totoonov, the adviser to the Russian President on Interior Affairs, Alexei Kaimanov, and the head of Information and Public Relations of Moscow Police, Viktor Biryukov.

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Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov today received a delegation headed by the Chairman of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Trend reports, referring to a communiqué of the assembly.Mamedyarov said that the OSCE is an influential international organization, and Azerbaijan is interested in further cooperation with it.

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Azerbaijan will become a full member of the international organization of the Non-Aligned Movement, Trend reports.Azerbaijan will formally join the organization at the upcoming 16th ministerial meeting of the organization, which will be held from May 25-27 in Bali, the spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Elkhan Polukhov, said .Until now Azerbaijan has had observer status in the organization.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (May 13, 2011)

 The Washington Post published one more article devoted to Osama bin Laden’s death. In the article, headlined “Now that he’s dead, let’s end bin Laden’s grip on us”, Eugene Robinson expresses the opinion that, even though bin …

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In shaping its foreign policy priorities, Russia will take into account the official positions of countries towards the memory of World War II, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said, RIA Novosti reports."As for Estonia, Georgia and the Ukraine, I am as sad as you are. It is unpleasant and painful to observe it. This points to the immaturity of political foundations in these countries, but it is not our business to criticize them," - said Medvedev.

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has received the special envoy of the Iranian President, Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Reza Shaibani, Trend reports, referring to Mediamax.Serzh Sargsyan said that frequent meetings suggest a high level of relations between the two neighbouring states.The parties discussed the process of implementing the agreements previously reached by the Presidents of Armenia and Iran.

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About 500 cameras will monitor the resort of Anapa (Krasnodar Territory) as part of the Safe City system, Yuga.ru reports.

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