Three people were found dead after a fire at a clinical hospital inSukhumi, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Abkhaz Department ofEmergencies.The fire broke out at 21.00 (Moscow time) and was extinguished byseven fire-fighting units at 22.06.One patient, his wife and an employee of the hospital are reported to have died.
Unknown assailants have made attacks on police officers in Dagestanlast night, RIA Novosti reports, citing the local police.The first incident happened in Kizlyar Region, where fire was openedat police officers patrolling the road. One officer died and over fivewere wounded. A police source also said that a woman driving by wasalso injured.The second incident happened in Karabudakhkent Region. There isinformation about injured police officers.
Students of the 11th and 12th classes of a number of public schoolsrallied today in Tbilisi in front of the Parliament of Georgia,demanding the abolition of exams, News-Azerbaijan reports.The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia introduced a numberof changes into the school system this summer, which came into forceat the start of the new academic year. Under the changes, the studentswill have to pass eight graduation exams in high schools.Participants of the rally said that the decision by the Ministry of
The Prosecutor-General of Armenia denied on Tuesday information aboutthe arrival of agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, RIANovosti reports.The Armenian newspaper Zhamanak reported on Tuesday that eight FBIagents arrived in Armenia in order to investigate cases of Armeniancriminals in the US, according to a pre-agreed arrangement with thePresident of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, to initiate a thoroughinspection in the Committee of the State Revenue and the StateCommittee of the Real Estate Cadastre, as well as in several banks inArmenia.
The Chairman of the Georgian Parliament, David Bakradze, has urged theopposition forces and NGOs to meet tomorrow in the parliament todiscuss the format of negotiations on improvements to the electoralenvironment, Trend reports.‘These negotiations should be transparent and open, they must beunderstandable to the people and we welcome the participation in theprocess of international organizations,” Bakradze said."We are not limited by a deadline and the most important thing is tomake the new legislation ready for the parliamentary elections of
Georgia is always ready for discussions with Russia as a sovereignstate, depending on the goodwill of Moscow, Georgian President MikhailSaakashvili said on Tuesday while visiting the Georgian InteriorMinistry, News-Georgia reports.At the same time, the head of state stressed that “if they want totalk with the Georgian people through conquest, provocation,intimidation, bribery and espionage - that's their choice, and suchactions will not contribute to our future relationship, which, I hope,
The head of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, met withthe Russian Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the North CaucasianFederal District, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin.
The negotiations on the process of Turkey's accession to the EU wasthe focus of a speech by Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, at aconference at Oxford University, TRT reports. “Some EU member statesare raising artificial political issues. Despite all these problems,Turkey is determined to continue its path," Gul said."When the negotiation process is successfully completed, perhaps theTurkish people will change their attitude to EU membership. However,it is too early to talk about this," Abdullah Gul stressed.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has expressed its opinion on thestatement issued by the US State Department in connection with theparliamentary elections held in the country on the 7th of November.APA informs that the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairsreceived the statement with a sense of wonder and regret. "The StateDepartment said that the Parliamentary elections held on the 7th ofNovember in Azerbaijan were not carried out in accordance withinternational standards. The statement makes references to the
Iran has announced the date for talks on its nuclear programme.According to the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, the 15thof November 2010 is an "anticipated" date for the meeting between therepresentatives of the Islamic Republic with the six internationalmediators in Turkey, RBC reports.Mottaki recently proposed holding talks on the Iranian nuclearprogramme in Turkey with the six international mediators from Russia,US, France, Britain, China and Germany.As reported in late October by the representative of the European
An opposition rally organized by the Armenian National Congress hasstarted in front of the Yerevan Institute of Ancient Manuscripts inMatenadaran. Thousands of people have come to the rally, and peopleare still arriving. Police forces are also arriving. The rally isconnected to a conference in Yerevan organized by the heads of thepublic organizations of Armenia and the EU on "Fair Trial and JudicialIndependence," Armenia Today reports.The ANC leader and the first president of Armenia, LevonTer-Petrosyan, will deliver speeches at the rally.
The chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council ofEurope will transfer to Turkey at a meeting on the 10th of November inStrasbourg. The outgoing chairman of the Committee of Ministers,Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki, will make apresentation on the main achievements of his country's presidency, ANSPress reports, citing the official website of the Council of Europe.The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, informedthe public about the priorities of Turkey as chairman of the Committeeof Ministers.
The Iranian authorities are considering the possibility of introducingvisa-free travel for all citizens of Islamic states and neighbouringcountries, the head of the Iranian Ministry of Cultural Heritage,Handicrafts and Tourism, vice-president of Iran Hamid Bagai announcedtoday, RBC reports.According to the Iranian politician, the abolition of the visa regimeis necessary mainly for tourism development. It will increase thepopularity of the Islamic Republic among potential tourists.
Regions of Russia, with their economic opportunities and potential forcooperation in various fields could be reliable partners for Armenia,Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan said today at a meeting with aRussian delegation headed by the Governor of the Rostov region, VasilyGolubev, News Armenia reports.Sargsyan stressed in particular the necessity to establish directlinks between the regions and to enhance cooperation, onemanifestation of which is the visit of the governor of Rostov toYerevan.
The Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States,Sergey Lebedev, said that the list of higher education centers of theCIS should be expanded with the status of base organizations forlanguages and cultures.
Moscow demands Georgia permit diplomats see the suspected spies andcheck whether any of them are Russian, RIA Novosti reports, citing theRussian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.Last week the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that 15people were detained suspected of cooperating with the Russian specialservices. Two of them were released. The Georgian ministry informedthat four of them are Russian citizens – Armen Gevorkyan, RubenShikoyan, Petre Devrishadze and Yuri Skrylnikov.
A new African swine flu source has been discovered at the 'Galan' farmof Kuban's Kurganin Region, Yuga.ru reports.An emergency situation regime was introduced in the Starominsk Regionof the Krasnodar Territory on October 26. All the 7,000 pigs on the'Bolshevik' farm were killed.The TV company NTK reported that the 'Galan' farm had said bloodsamples showed the presence of the African swine flu.