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Ingush head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov believes that the leader of theCaucasus militants Doku Umarov may be hiding in the republic. He addedthat the special services had started an operation to kill Umarov, RIANovosti reports.Special services reported on Wednesday that they know the location ofUmarov in the North Caucasus Federal District. The head of theinterior troops of the Interior Ministry Nikolai Rogozhkin said that ahigh-scale operation to kill Umarov is held in the Caucasus.

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Russia's new air defense system, S-500, will be launched intoproduction in 2014. The system is under development, the commander ofthe operative-strategic command of the air and space defenseGeneral-Lieutenant Valery Ivanov said, RIA Novosti reports.The general said that the S-500 system will provide space defences atan altitude of 40-50 km.

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The office of the Russian authorized presidential envoy to the NorthCaucasus Federal District proposed an expansion of the powers of themain police department in the district by allowing it to controlregional police structures, Yuga.ru reports.Envoy Alexander Khloponin was interested in monitoring and controllingsubjects of the Interior Ministry and the Main Police Department inthe region, RIA Novosti cites a spokesman of the envoy's office assaying.

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The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) plans to establish anon-strategic missile defense system, commander of theoperative-strategic command of the air and space defenseGeneral-Lieutenant Valery Ivanov said at a training range KapustinYar, RIA Novosti reports.He clarified that they are currently discussing a non-strategicanti-missile system near Moscow.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit the KrasnodarTerritory on February 17. He will view the clear-up of damage fromfloods in October 2010, RIA Novosti reports.Vestnik Kavkaza reported earlier that the water level in RiversTuapse, Pshish and Makopse rose by 4-7 meters after heavy rains. 30villages in Tuapse, Apsheron and Sochi Districts were submerged. Over70,000 people were affected by the flood, 1,800 houses were submerged,and 17 people died.

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The head of the "Prosperous Armenia" Party, Gagik Tsarukyan, agreed tosign a coalition memorandum, News Armenia cites the Aykakan Zhamanak(Armenian Times) paper as saying.The paper says that the coalition will support Armenian PresidentSerzh Sargsyan at the elections in Armenia. The document was signed onFebruary 17.

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Adronius Azubalis, Foreign Minister of Lithuania and theChairman-in-Office of the OSCE, met the US Secretary of State HillaryClinton and high-ranking officials of the US administration. Azubalisemphasized the devotion of Lithuania to the principles of the OSCE insettling long conflicts in the OSCE region, support of the media,establishment and support of trust and energy security, Trend cites anOSCE statement as saying.

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Konstantinos Gerokostopoulos has been appointed as the specialrepresentative of the secretary general of the Council of Europe toAzerbaijan, the CE told Trend on Wednesday.Gerokostopoulos started his diplomatic activities in the Greek ForeignMinistry. He headed the EU monitoring mission in Yugoslavia in 1994,in 1995-1998 he was a Greek ambassador to Croatia, in 2000-2004 - toItaly.

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Thousands of Saudi Arabian troops have entered Bahrain, ABNA reports.The bridge of King Fahd connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia was closed for civilians. Iranian media post photos of Saudi Arabian troops marching along the bridge.PressTV says that the people of Bahrain hate their King Al Khalifa and his power is only backed by support from Saudi Arabia.

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Azerbaijan will present 71 types of weapon products at an exhibitionin the United Arab Emirates, 1news.az cites the Azerbaijani DefenseMinistry.The Azerbaijani defense minister will take part in the exhibition inAbu Dhabi, entitled IDEX-2011 on February 20-24.Minister Jamalov will have meetings with UAE officials.

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One person died and three were injured in clashes betweenanti-government protesters and the police in Aden in southern Yemen,France Press cites local medical sources.Hundreds of young people demanding the resignation of President AliAbdullah Saleh, who has been in power for over 32 years, gathered atthe local air terminal. The police tried to drive the mob out withgunfire. One protester was injured and died in hospital, RIA Novostireports.

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Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian has met Mohammad-Reza RaufSheybani, the special envoy of the Iranian president and deputyIranian foreign minister. Nalbandian expressed satisfaction with thestate of Armenian-Iranian relations and the development ofcooperation, News Armenia reports.Sheybani sent regards from Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehito Nalbandian.

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Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri has invited Armenian PresidentSerzh Sargsyan to visit Georgia, on behalf of the Georgian president.The Armenian president underlined the importance of bilateralmeetings, noting that they improve ties and expand cooperation in allspheres.He said that Armenian-Georgian trade and economic ties are developingwell. But trade turnover cannot be considered satisfactory and needsboosting.

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A wholesale market and a citrus fruit center will be organized on theAbkhaz side of the Russian-Abkhaz border along the River Psou, Abkhazleader Sergey Bagapsh said, Yuga.ru reports.He said that they will move the Cossack market from the border villageof Vesyoloye, in Russia, to Gechripsh, in Abkhazia.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has given a hearing to a reporton the socio-economic development of Krasnodar Territory by KubanGovernor Alexander Tkachyov at a meeting on Novo-Ogaryovo, ITAR-TASSreports.The governor noted that the gross regional product rate in Kubanincreased by 5.5%. Unemployment dropped by 0.8%, wages rose by 12% andreached an average of 17,500 rubles.

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Iranian authorities plan to organize a demonstration against the localopposition leaders that initiated anti-government protests, RIANovosti cites AFP and Iranian state television as saying.The demonstration will be held by the coordination council of Islampropaganda on Friday.Former candidates for president, Mehdi Kyarubi and Mirhussein Musavi,are considered to be the two main opposition leaders.

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Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri hopes for common management ofthe border with Armenia, News Armenia reports.Georgia has had such management with Turkey since June 1, Gilauri saidat a joint briefing with his Armenian counterpart, Tigran Sargsyan.Gilauri noted that they talked about issues of mutual interest,economic topics and the prospects of joint management of customspoints.

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