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A second meeting of the Eurasian Expert Forum took place in Astana. The discussion centered on various aspects of the presidential elections in Kazakhstan. The editor in chief of Vestnik Kavkaza, Alexei Vlasov, has participated in preparing final documents of the Forum.

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About 12,000 opposition activists demonstrated against Armenia's government in the country's capital.Friday's protest was called by the opposition Armenian National Congress group, which is led by Levon Ter-Petrosian, who was the country's first president after independence from the Soviet Union.The protesters were initially barred from assembling in the capital's central Freedom Square, but authorities then allowed them to gather there.Ter-Petrosian told the crowd on the square that the opposition's main demands include the freeing of all political prisoners and full prosecutio

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Georgia and Antigua and Barbuda have signed a protocol on establishing diplomatic relations, Georgia Online reports.According to the signed protocol, the relations of the states shall be guided by friendship and the principle of non-infringement of national sovereignty, territorial integrity and national boundaries.The signing ceremony was held in New York in the representative office of Georgia at the United Nations.

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The Council of CIS Foreign Affairs Ministers approved 11 documents at today’s meeting, ITAR-TASS reports, referring to the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.During the meeting, the participants exchanged views on prospects for cooperation within the Commonwealth and adopted a number of important decisions, including a draft declaration of the CIS Heads of State in connection with the 20th anniversary of the CIS, which summarizes the activities of the Commonwealth during this period and outlines the objectives for expanding and d

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A border frontier division of the Russian Federal Security Services of the Republic of Abkhazia came under fire from unknown gunmen in the Gali region during a special operation. One border officer was killed as a result of the attack, ITAR-TASS reports.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (April 8, 2011)

The Washington Post published an article by David Ignatius headlined “Egyptian democracy’s growing pains”, in which the journalist muses on the future of the Egyptian revolution. According to Ignatius, the future of the whole Middle East …

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the budget of the past year (1389 according to the Iranian calendar) was the largest in the history of the country. "This year was one of the best and most successful years for the economy and people," the president said, SalamNews reports, citing IRNA.The Iranian president urged the population to unite and make all efforts for economic development and to enhance the capacity of the country.

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev gave an interview to an All-Russian state news channel "Russia - 24" on April 8, 1news.az reports, referring to the official website of the President of Azerbaijan.In the interview, Aliyev expressed his views on bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Russia, the economic development of Azerbaijan, negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as energy cooperation, among other issues.

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The parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan will be held in 2012, according to the Constitution, the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, told lawmakers, RIA Novosti reports. Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Yermukhamet Yertysbayev earlier said that after the presidential elections, Nazarbayev could dissolve parliament to speed up political reform in the country. Nazarbayev was re-elected as president of Kazakhstan on April 3 as a result of early presidential elections.

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Over 300 people were injured in an attack of Iraqi military against the People“s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) at Ashraf camp, north-east of Iraq. 31 people died, RIA Novosti cites a spokesman of the organization Shakhin Gobadi as saying.The camp was attacked by 1,500 Iraqi troops, supported by armored vehicles.Gobadi expressed confidence that the attack was ordered by the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei.

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The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources will provide 300 million rubles for the Sochi arboretum, the City Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov told a press conference at RIA Novosti on April 8.Roads and pavements will be repaired and trees taken care of. The park will be partly put in order by June 1.

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The Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism has signed a cooperation deal with Bulgaria and Jordan, Trend reports.The document on bilateral cooperation in culture between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria was signed by ministers Abdulfas Garayev and Vejdi Rashidov. The Azerbaijani minister noted that the two countries have close historic and cultural relations.Azerbaijani and Jordan ministers Abdulfas Garayev and Tarik Salim signed a cultural cooperation deal for 2011-2013.

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Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov, who has been in office since 2007, has been reappointed. The Kazakh Cabinet was dismissed after the inauguration of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday. Parliament members considered Masimov“s candidature for 15 minutes and voted for him unanimously.

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The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a special declaration on the visit of Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh to Ankara, Trend reports. The declaration said that Turkey recognizes the territorial unity of Georgia. Bagapsh's visit is unofficial. He was invited by public organizations.

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The Armenian Finances Ministry sold 1358.5 grams of pure silver for 460,000 drams in 2010, News.am cites the ministry as saying. 219.1 kg out of 547 kg of pure silver have been sold so far, which means that the ministry has sold 40% of its silver reserves. The state reserves received 6035 gold (27.2 kg) and 64 silver (6.1 kg) products within 10 operations in 2010. All the operations were confiscation, heritage or presents.

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Sochi will never adopt a resort tax, Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov said at a press conference at the press-center of RIA Novosti. This reduce the competitiveness of national resorts, he said. Russian resort taxes were banned in 2004. People were previously obliged to pay taxes for visiting resorts.

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ISESCO and TURKSOY have signed a cooperation protocol in Baku, Trend reports. The document was signed by the ISESCO Secretary General Abdulaziz bin Othman al-Tuwaijri and TURKSOY Secretary General Duisen Kaseinov. Tuwaijri said that the protocol will improve the efficiency of realizing ISESCO projects. Cooperation with TURKSOY will give way to a better promotion of Islamic values.

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Dagestanis and Azerbaijanis have been involved in a mass brawl at the Mechta Cafe in Moscow. Five people were hospitalized, and 25 were detained, Trend reports. Over 30 people were involved in the fight at the cafe on Krasnodarskaya Street. Police later found 12 shells of various calibres and three knives.

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