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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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Bishop from Turkey’s Echmiadzin, Marcos Ovannisyan, and archimandrite, Komitas Ovnanyan will arrive for the liturgy in Surb Khach Church, Akhtamar Island, Van Lake, Panorama.am reports, citing the responsible press-chancellery of Priest Vagram Melikyan of Echmiadzin.Commenting on the protest of Armenians against the liturgy in the church, Vagram said that the decision was made and will not be changed. Everyone has the right to express his opinion, he said.

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has sent a message of congratulations to teachers, school students and their parents on the occasion of Knowledge Day, News Armenia reports, citing the president’s press-service. According to the president, the main opportunities of some states come from natural resources, but in Armenia they come from school and social space, where a person is formed.Other state and religious figures made speeches for students and teachers.

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A new school and a multifunctional sports hall have opened in Ingushetia on September 1st, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Minister of Edcuation of the republic, Lema Izmaylova.The school opened for 540 students in the village of Aki-Yurt, the sports hall opened in Ekazhevo. Izmaylova said that 117 out of 118 schools were prepared for the school year.

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The process of authorization of schools and higher education centers has started in Georgia, according to the law, Georgia Online reports. A special briefing was organized for the issue by the head of the National Center for Education Quality Improvement, David Kereselidze.

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The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has reported that Azerbaijani forces prevented a sabotage attack by Armenian forces in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.On August 31st at 16:30 a sabotage group of Armenian forces crossed the border of contact of forces in the village of Chayly in the Terter region and attempted to attack the positions of Azerbaijani forces.

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Today school No1 has started mourning for the events of 2004, RIA Novosti reports.The school bell rang at 9.15, the same time as the terrorists attacked the school 6 years ago. A man read out verse dedicated to the memory of the victims.

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Turkey will support the resolution of the UN Security Council on Nagorno-Karabakh and will do its best to make the issue of occupation of Azerbaijani territory a matter for the world community, 1news.az reports, citing the chairman of the Turkish-Azerbaijani interparliamentary group of friendship, Mustafa Kabakchi.

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North Caucasus – a contradictory European view

Recent events in the native village of Ramzan Kadyrov have once again drawn the attention of European mass-media sources. It is no secret that the attitude of international human rights organizations towards Kadyrov is rather ambivalent. Any information about Chechnya is perceived through the magnifying glass of the international press.

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All the 70 participants of the unsanctioned meeting of opposition supporters at Moscow's Triumph Square have been released from police departments after filing administrative offense reports, RIA Novosti reports, citing the official spokesman of the Main Department of Internal Affairs in Moscow, Victor Biriukov. Biriukov emphasized that the Special Police Force was not involved in suppressing the protest. The policemen picked out as Special Police Forces by journalists are members of the second operative police regiment.

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Operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’ has been accomplished and now the USA will concentrate on restoring the economy and coping with unemployment, President Barack Obama said.

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The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has signed an order on awarding LUKoil president Vagit Alekperov the Sharaf award, APA reports, with the reference to the press service of the president.

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Professional education discussed at State Council meeting

Professional education of all levels was the main topic of the latest meeting of the Russian State Council. Officials and experts discussed how to enhance the prestige of the technical schools and colleges, how to make the work of the universities more effective and how to coordinate the requires of the economics and the specialists."There is no easy way, but we have to improve the quality of education, then we can think about effective modernized economics,"  President Dmitry Medvedev said, RIA Novosti reports. 

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The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has signed an order "On the minimum wage rise", the news agency AzerTAg reports. From the 1st of September, 2010 the minimum wage is 85 manats ($68).

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Police arrested on Tuesday about 30 participants of an unauthorized demonstration at Triumfalnaya Square in the center of Moscow, RIA Novosti reports. A number of prominent opposition leaders, including Other Russia opposition party leader Eduard Limonov, Left Front opposition movement leader Konstantin Kosyakin and co-chairman of the Solidarity opposition movement Boris Nemtsov, have been taken into custody

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