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Joint military training with Azerbaijan has been held in theNakhchivan autonomy, Trend reports.There were demonstrations of arms, modernized at the Azerbaijanimilitary industry, and the complex of guided missiles 'Cornet',capable of destroying enemy armored vehicles at a range of 5kilometers.The Nakhchivan premier, Vasif Talybov, expressed interest in militarytraining of the special forces.There were demonstrations of engineering and special means of theEmergencies Ministry of Nakhchivan.

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Abkhazia does not believe in Georgia's peaceful intentions, a letterfrom Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh to the UN Secretary General BanKi-moon, published by the Abkhaz Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says,RIA Novosti reports.The presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia Sergey Bagapsh and EduardKokoity said on December 6 that they will not use force or threatsagainst Georgia. Their statement was a reply to the speech of MikheilSaakashvili at the European Parliament on November 23.

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Third congress of Dagestani peoples held in Makhachkala

The third congress of Dagestani peoples opened in Makhachkala and saw a discussion  of extremism and terrorism and final documents approved. The head of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, read out a report entitled 'Dagestan for peace, consent and development'.

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The US Senate has voted to start negotiations on the new StrategicArms Reduction Treaty (START).66 senators voted for and 32 against. At least two thirds of votes areneeded, RIA Novosti reports.It is a success for Barack Obama's administration. Some senators weretrying to put the issue off until the next year.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will answer questions fromcitizens live on TV and radio. He will talk about xenophobia, theretirement age, housing, kindergartens, gasification and the 2018World Cup. The premier may also say whether December 31 will be a dayoff.

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The Washington Post has published an article entitled "Moscow riot police deployed amid ethnic tensions". The author states that resentment is rising among Slavic Russians over the growing presence in Moscow and elsewhere of people from the Caucasus, the home of numerous ethnic groups, most of them Muslim, and other ethnic minorities. According to him, the violence has raised fresh doubts about the government's ability to control the rising tide of xenophobia, which threatens Russia's existence as a multiethnic state.

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Major Russian centers of culture and science will be established in all CIS states, head of the Russian Cooperation (federal agency for affairs with the CIS, compatriots living abroad and international humanitarian cooperation) Farit Muhametshin said at the opening of the international forum titled ‘The role of people’s diplomacy in developing international humanitarian cooperation’, RIA Novosti reports.The organization already has offices in 73 countries and may have 104 in ten years.

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Unknown assailants have shot dead the head of the Muslim Council inKabardino-Balkaria, Anas Pshikhachev, RIA Novosti reports, citing apolice source in the region.The source clarified that the attack happened at approximately 19.30.Pshikhchev was shot at least four times and died at the scene of theattack.

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The UN Security Council has unanimously voted for three resolutions,lifting sanctions introduced in the 1990s against Baghdad after Iraq'sattack on Kuwait, RIA Novosti reports.The sanctions concern the program of oil in exchange for food,prohibition of Baghdad activities in civil nuclear energy and theinternational management of the Iraqi Development Fund.

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Dagestan will hold polls for the People's Assembly on March 13, 2011and municipal elections to Akushin, Babayurt, Botlikh, Gergebil,Kayakent, Lurakh, Lak, Levashin, Nogaysk, Rutulsk and Khiv Districtson until December 22, 2010.The electoral committee informed the media about the right ofcandidates for pre-paid broadcasting and posting of campaignmaterials. The media sources need to post information about the ratesand conditions of payment for the broadcasting and advertisingservices within 30 days.

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The embassies of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in Moscow haveurged their citizens to avoid rising to provocations and to be carefuldue to possible unsanctioned meetings in Moscow, PRIME-TASS reports.

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Armenia will see an ideological struggle at the parliamentaryelections in 2012, head of the Democratic Party of Armenia AramSarkisyan said, News Armenia reports.Sarkisyan said that the Democratic Party is having political talks andis improving cooperation with six parties to establish a left-centredmovement.He believes that in such complicated social and economic situationpeople will vote for a party with clear ideological program.

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Paris has hosted celebrations for the 65th anniversary of UNESCO.Mehriban Aliyeva, the first lady of Azerbaijan, president of theHeydar Aliyev Fund, a goodwill ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, anddeputy of the Azerbaijani parliament, has taken part in the event.She was at the presentation of a book of the goodwill ambassador ofUNESCO from Greece Marianna Mariana Vardinoyannis.Aliyeva met the Director General of UNSECO Irina Bokova.

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The call-in show of the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin hasreceived over half a million questions and requests, RIA Novostireports, citing the press-service of the Cabinet.A special show called 'Conversation with Vladimir Putin. Resumption'will be broadcast on 'Russia 1', 'Russia 24', the radio stations'Mayak', 'Vesti FM' and 'Radio Rossii' on December 16 at noon (Moscowtime).The questions are being received in form of text messages, telephonecalls and messages at a special site.

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President Dmitry Medvedev sent his greetings to the participants of the Dagestan National Congress, that opened today in Makhachkala, the press services of the Kremlin reported.The greeting says that in Dagestan there are many ethnic groups and their friendship and cooperation are the basis of stability in this land.The president stated that today the republic faces problems of economic and social development, as well as providing security.Medvedev believes that the forum will improve social agreements and living standards.

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