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Dmitry Medvedev met with the head of Ingushetia and called on him to put more effort into fighting unemployment. The president noted that this question is crucial for the whole Northern Caucasus. Yunus-Bek Yevkurov replied that the administration of the republic had found workplaces for 40% of students this year and more than 50% last year.

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An explosion occurred today in the centre of Pyatigorsk. No data about injuries or casualties is yet available, RIA Novosti reports. The bomb exploded in a café on Kirova Street at 16.30 Moscow Time.

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Charter flights will be restored between Russia and Georgia from the 23rd of August. The company "Sibir" will operate flights 3 times a week. It is now possible to buy tickets on the internet. The cost is $500.The company "Georgian Airways" will also operate flights to Moscow, reports Georgia Online.

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Russia and Armenia have signed a Protocol on developing and enforcing scientific and technical cooperation in studying pollution in near earth space and meteor safety, reports News.am.One of the main objects of cooperation is the Burakan observatory, which is planned to be equipped with new Russian optics. The price of the project is more than 4.6 million euros.Both sides agree that it is crucial to unite efforts in educating the young and attracting young scientists.

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The prospects for military and industrial cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan were discussed at a meeting between the minister of defense of Azerbaijan, Safar Abiev, and an advisor to the ministry of defense of Turkey, Murad Bayar, according to the press agency of the ministry, reports Trend. Opinions on the Treaty of Strategic Partnership and Mutual Assistance were discussed.

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The official representative of the ministry of foreign affairs of Iran, Ramin Mekhmanparast, warned Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. He noted that any aggression towards Iran, including the Busherskaya Nuclear Power Plant, will provoke an immediate response.Mekhmanparast confirmed that fuel is being loaded into the reactor of the plant, a process that will last for 3-4 weeks.

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The minister of defense of Iran, Ahmad Vakhidi, says that tests of the new "Giyam" rockets, third generation 'Fateh-110' rockets and "Kirar" drone planes will take place on the 22nd of August, reports Trend.Also, the production of new ships, the?"Siradzh" and "Zulfukar", testing of the dividing satellite system and the start of 28 projects will take place.According to Vakhidi, the "Kirar" is the first long-range unmanned plane.

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A representative of the press-service of the White House, Dan Burton, has denied previous information that president Barack Obama issued an ultimatum to the prime minister of Turkey, Redzhep Tayyil Erdogan, reports Trend, referring to CNN Turk.On Monday morning the UK's Financial Times newspaper, referring to its own sources in the US administration, wrote that the USA will cease exports of weaponry to Turkey, if it does not change its policy towards Iran and Israel.Burton claims that there was no ultimatum and that Barack Obama simply discussed var

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The authorized envoy of Dmitri Medvedev in the North Caucasus Federal Dictrict has suggested that people e-mail him.“I sometimes look to read e-mails sent to me. My e-mail is very simple - hloponin@mail.ru – and if the problem mentioned is really of vital importance we react it immediately,” Khloponin told RIA Novosti. He also mentioned that he won't be able to answer all messages, but assured that all of them would be read.

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On August 16th the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic confirmed the sentence passed on 28- year-old Albert Saayev by the court of the Leninsky district in Grozny, reports RIA “Dagestan”. Albert Saayev was arrested on September 25th 2009 in Moscow. He admitted his guilt as an accessory to Chechen militants, who posted threats to the president of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, on the website.

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The President of the Adygeya Republic, Aslan Thakushinov, has donated 100, 000 rubles fom his personal finances to help homeless fire victims, reports Yuga.ru.In addition, citizens and various enterprises have raised 1.15 million rubles, which will be remitted to a special bank account for homeless fire victims.

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The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has ordered to continue working on uranium enrichment to provide the Tehran scientific and research reactor with fuel, reports RIA Novosti.On July 18th, the Iranian Parliament passed a bill supporting the Iranian nuclear program. 181 out of 190 parliamentarians voted for the bill, which caused great apprehension in Western countries.

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Azerbaijan and Turkey sign Agreement on strategic partnership and mutual aid

An Agreement on strategic partnership and mutual aid has been signed today between the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham  Aliyev, and the president of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, reports Novosti – Azerbaijan.During Gul's visit to Azerbaijan, problems of  energy partnership, expansion of trade and peacemaking in the Caucasus were discussed.

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<!-- @page { size: 21cm 29.7cm; margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } --> Head of North Ossetia gives up presidential title. The Head of North Ossetia, Taimuraz Mamsurov, supported the idea of renaming the highest position in the republic from “president of the republic” to “head of the republic”. This was discussed between Taimuraz Mamsurov and Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the Chechen Republic, during their telephone conversation, reports RIA Novosti.

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A military school is planned to be opened on the 1st of September, said the deputy minister of science, Aslan Lolayev. "Young people will be able to attend Russian military academies after graduating," Lolayev said. The military school will be opened on the basis of Public School number 7. The necessary equipment is now being prepared, reports "Res".16.08.2010

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Military maneuvers have started in Abkhazia and will last till the 27th of August, press secretary of the ministry of Defense Rolan Dzhodzhua told Interfax.The exercises will take place at the base of the regional military commands and in the districts using the reserve forces. The aim of the exercises is to check the preparation of the military command and reserve forces.The results will be known on the 3rd of September.16.08.2010

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