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Explosives in hydro-electric plant exceeded 10 kg of TNT

The total yield of the explosion devices detonated in the Baksanskaya hydro-electric plant was more than the equiivalent of 10 kg of TNT, RIA Novosti reports, citing the law-enforcers of the North Caucasian Federal District. Two devices contained the equivalent of 2 kg of TNT, the rest had the equivalent of 3 kg of TNT, indicating that the terrorist attack was well planned.

150 evacuated from hostel in Kaspiysk

A fire struck a two-storey hostel in the Dagestani town of Kaspiysk at 07:43 Moscow time, with 150 people being evacuated, Interfax reports, citing the press-service of the local department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry. An area of 300 sq. m. is on fire.

Turkish foreign minister prepares present for Clinton’s daughter

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has decided to present the daughter of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a vase. This generosity can be explained by the wedding of Chelsea Clinton in the near future, Armenia Today reports. Davutoglu told Hillary Clinton, during her visit to Kabul, that he decided not to bring the vase due to security concerns. The minister will send it via diplomatic means.

Georgian parliament sets two memorial dates

The Georgian parliament has passed a decree, introducing a commemoration of the Day of Soviet Occupation. The government of Georgia earlier proposed the commemoration of this day, Georgia Online reports.The day will be celebrated on February 25th – the day Soviet forces entered Tbilisi (February 25th, 1921), which led to Georgia joining the USSR. State flags will be hung on administrative buildings and a minute of silence will be introduced. 

Park opens in Vladikavkaz

In the center of Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, a new recreation area with a fountain has been opened. The new park has benches, flowerbeds, trees and a fountain at the square near the ‘Friendship’ cinema. The park was built as part of the Year of Beautification and Cleanness in Vladikavkaz, Interfax reports.

Russian authorized envoy to NCFD meets Cossacks of Kabardino-Balkaria

The Russian presidential authorized envoy to the North Caucasian Federal District, Alexander Khloponin, offered the Cossacks of Kabardino-Balkaria to help the authorities to enforce order and security in the republic, RIA Novosti reports, citing the envoy’s representative for interior policy issues. In an armed assault on Baksanskaya hydro-electric plant on Wednesday morning, 3 facilities were blown up. Khloponin urged Cossacks to aid in keeping order in the republic. The Cossacks gave a positive reply.

Georgian parliament to consider new constitutional project

Georgian parliament to consider new constitutional project

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili introduced the new project of the Constitution to the parliament.

Bagapsh, Kokoity and Ortega sign friendship agreements

Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nicaragua have signed agreements of friendship and cooperation, as well as agreements on trade-economic cooperation and visa-free regimes, Georgia Online reports.Sergey Bagapsh awarded his counterpart from Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, the highest award in Abkhazia – order of Honor and Fame of the first degree, and Eduard Kokoity was awarded with the order ‘Hero of South Ossetia’.

Moscow, Yerevan to reach agreement on labor migration regulation

Armenia and Russia will draw up an interstate agreement on the regulation of labor migration, ARKA reports, citing Armenian officials.According to the Migration Service, the number of labor immigrants from Armenia in Russia amounts to 1-1.2 million people. The working group will draw up a document to provide immigrants with information on migration legislation and the basic requirements of the host country.

Iranian president appoints special representative for Caspian Sea affairs

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed Mohamed Mehdi Akhundzadeh to the post of Special Representative for Caspian Sea Affairs. Akhundzadeh also serves as deputy foreign minister for law and international Affairs, Trend reported.Akhundzadeh replaced Mehdi Safari, who was appointed the country's new ambassador to China.

Davutoglu holds bilateral meetings in Kabul

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu met with US State Secretary Hillary Clinton, UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Kabul, TRT reports.The Davutoglu-Rasmussen meeting saw a discussion of NATO-EU relations. Rasmussen will reportedly pay a working visit to Turkey in September.Davutoglu also held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

Turkish president arrives in Egypt

Turkish President Abdulla Gul has arrived in Egypt on an official visit, TRT reports. It is expected that the Turkish president will hold a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak to discuss regional and international issues. Both presidents will also participate in a graduation ceremony at the Military Academy of Egypt

Abkhazia, South Ossetia sign cooperation treaties with Nicaragua

Several documents on bilateral cooperation with Nicaragua have been signed by the presidents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia- Eduard Kokoity - Sergei Bagapsh. The deals mean Nicaragua is the first country apart from Russia to conclude international agreements with the republics. The agreements provide for scientific exchange, cooperation in combating organized crime, terrorism and drug trafficking, and economic cooperation. The sides have also implemented a visa-free regime for periods of less than 90 days.

EU draws up new sanctions against Iran

The European Union is considering the implementation of new tougher sanctions against Iran for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment. The sanctions will target investment in the oil-and-gas industries and cargo shipping and financial operations, radio "Mayak" reports.According to the reports, the new sanctions will also affect dozens of Iranian top-officials and companies.

Georgy Volskiy: Repartition of current realities is fraught with tension

Georgy Volskiy: «Repartition of current realities is fraught with tension»

There was a huge scandal at the beginning of the summer, caused by an incident in the Galsky region. On the 1st of June a group of Abkhazian customs officers was ambushed, resulting in one dead and two injured. On the 4th of June in the village of Dikhazurga (in Galsky region) five houses were set on fire.

Youth as it is (Part 1)

Youth as it is (Part 1)

What is common in young people of the post-Soviet countries and what sets them apart

Sterile meeting in Alma-Ata

Sterile meeting in Alma-Ata

The negotiations between the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministries have resulted in nothing.

Police car attacked in Ingushetia - 1

Unknown assailants opened fire at an armored police car in Ingushetia with two policemen inside. According to SKP, the incident happened at the Rosselkhozbank, on the Oskanov Street in Nazran. The policemen were wounded and hospitalized. The criminal case involves article 317 (attempt on the life of a law-enforcer) and part 1 of article 222 (illegal arms trafficking) of the Russian criminal code.

French diplomat of OSCE MG to resign in 2010

The French co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group on a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, Bernard Fassier, will resign this year, News Armenia reports, citing a diplomatic source of the French Foreign Ministry. The name of the new co-chair is unknown.

Half of grain fields harvested in Kabardino-Balkaria

50.6 thousand hectares (49%) of grain and leguminous fields in Kabardino-Balkaria had been harvested by July 20th, Yuga.ru reports.According to the press-service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Kabardino-Balkaria, there was no drought, unlike on the majority of Russian territory. The harvest is going according to schedule.