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Georgian air force unites with ground forces

The Georgian air forces will cease to exist as an independent element of the country’s armed forces and will be merged with the ground forces under an amendment to defence laws, Georgia Online reported on Wednesday.

Saakhashvily asks Sargsyan to mediate in relations with Moscow.

Georgian President Michael Saakashvili has asked his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan to meditate in the issue of Tbilisi’s normalization of relations with Moscow, the leader of Georgia’s Labour Party Shalva Natelashvili has said, Novosti Armenia reported.

Iranian president holds talks in Kabul

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held talks on political and economic cooperation with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Wednesday, reports ITAR-TASS.

Iran sanctions may cause Middle East war warns Brazilian leader

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that U.S.-proposed sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program could trigger a war in the Middle East. The Brazilian leader told The Associated Press that sanctions could isolate Iran to such an extent that tensions could lead to conflict. "We don't want to repeat in Iran what happened in Iraq," Silva said.

Police find explosive devices in Ingushetia

Police in Ingushetia’s Sunzhensky District have discovered two homemade explosive devices, Interfax said on Wednesday, citing a law enforcement source.

U.S. air force to pay bonus for knowledge of Chechen, Azerbaijani

The U.S. Air Force top brass wants to attract more recruits with a knowledge of a foreign language and is prepared to pay bonuses of $500 a month.

Madrasah lecturer shot dead in Dagestan

A lecturer at a madrasah in the Kizlyarsky District of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan has been shot dead in his home, the Interfax news agency said, citing law enforcement sources.

Levon for president!, Resign Serjik!

"Levon for president!", "Resign Serjik!"

Chants by the Armenian opposition as it prepares for snap elections.

OSCE ready to return to Georgia.

Support of Georgia by the OSCE will become more effective, the deputy speaker of the Georgian parliament told  journalists on the end of the meeting with a delegation from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, reports Georgia Today.  

Russia expects Sweden to help with extradition of Caucasus militants

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is counting on Stockholm's assistance in the extradition of militants from the Caucasus living in Sweden.

Turkey’s PM says ambassador will not yet return to U.S.

Turkey’s PM says ambassador will not yet return to U.S.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country’s ambassador to the United States, Namik Tan, will not return to Washington for as long as Ankara doesn't have a complete picture concerning the possible passing of a resolution in Congress on recognition of the Armenian "genocide," Trend news agency reports.

Iran’s first nuclear power plant will start work this year

The startup of the first Iranian nuclear power plant, being built by Russian specialists in Bushehr, will take place in 2010, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed on Tuesday, adding that adjustment and alignment works were continuing, RIA Novosti reports.

Chechnya names new head of law enforcement agencies

Mohammed Daudov, a police colonel and hero of Russia, has been appointed to the post of first deputy prime minister of Chechnya, Interfax reports.Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov introduced Daudov to the Cabinet ministers and the heads of various departments during a government meeting.

Israel consents to Turkey's mediation in peace talks with Syria

Israel has agreed to the recommencement of Turkish mediation in indirect talks with Syria, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Former Iranian President Khatami not allowed to travel abroad

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami is not permitted to travel abroad, reports Trend referring to the news agency Fars.According to the agency information, a representative of the Security Ministry announced on Monday during a religious meeting that Khatami had intended to go abroad some time ago but was prohibited from leaving the country.

Abkhazia bids final farewell to republic’s first president

A mourning ceremony was on Tuesday in the capital of Abkhazia in connection with the funeral of the first president of the republic Vladislav Ardzinba, reports Yuga.ru. Ardzinba died aged 64 on March 4 in a Moscow hospital after a protracted illness. After the civil funeral rites on March 5, which took place in the cultural center of the Armed Forces of Russia in Moscow, the body of the former president was delivered to Abkhazia. On the news of his death, all celebrations and sporting contests in the republic were canceled.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly group arrives in Tbilisi

A high-level delegation from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA OSCE), headed by President Joao Soares and the special representative on Nagorno-Karabakh and Georgia, Goran Lennmarker, has arrived in Tbilisi within the framework of a tour of the South Caucasus, reports News of Georgia.The representatives of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly arrived in Georgia late on Monday, leaving on Wednesday. They visit Armenia on March 10-13 and Azerbaijan on March 13-16.

Medvedev okays deal on Russian military base in South Ossetia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to hold discussions with South Ossetia on the signing of a deal on a Russian military base in the South Caucasus republic, RIA Novosti reported.

Medvedev’s representative to North Caucasus forms his team

Medvedev’s representative to North Caucasus forms his team

Deputy Industry Minister Maxim Bystrov will be appointed deputy presidential envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District with responsibility for economic issues, respected business daily Vedomosti reports, citing members of the delegation and the government. The document on his employment has not yet been signed but Bystrov has already begun to carry out his duties, the government official said.

Russian, Armenian foreign ministers talk Nagorno-Karabakh in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Armenian counterpart Edvard Nalbandian met in Moscow on March 8, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website said.