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Russian president signs bill on foreign workers

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed off on amendments on the federal law on foreign workers, the Kremlin said. The changes in the law oblige employers to inform the Federal Migration Service (FMS) not only of the hiring of a foreign worker, but also about the termination of their labor contract. They must also inform the FMS when a foreign worker is given more than a month's unpaid leave. The amendments also reinforce the right of the FMS to hold data on foreign workers

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US President Barack Obama has called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attempt to convince him that sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program are the way forward, Trend reports. The move comes after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the US, Russia and China had agreed on a new resolution against the Islamic Republic, despite an apparent last minute deal involving Turkey and Brazil that would see Iran agree to a uranium exchange deal.

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The three North Caucasus republics joined the five leaders of theindustrial recession in the first quarter of 2010, compared with thesame period in 2009. Dagestan and Chechnya had a 10% reduction inindustry, 4th place was taken by Kabardino-Balkaria, the report of theMinistry of Regional Development said, RIA Novosti reports.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev supports the creation in the NorthCaucasus of a Council of Elders. According to Russia24, the presidentrecommended the initiators to find a way to use the elders’experience.The chairman of the president’s council on assistance in developingcivic institutions and human rights, Ella Pamfilova, was theinitiator.

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul will create a profile on the international Internet network Skype. According to Turkish media, the president is trying to be more folksy and in contact with his people, ANS reports.The Turkish president is a common visitor of the Twitter internet site, a system of micro-blogs. But despite his boundless devotion to the Internet, he can rarely be seen on MSN and Facebook.

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a meeting with the head ofthe IMF mission in Armenia, Mark Louis, and deputy chairman of the IMFin Armenia, Giermo Tolosoy, that 2010 will be a very active year forthe republic from the economic restoration point of view, News Armeniareports.

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Kazakhstan will open its border to Kyrgyzstan on May 20th, accordingto state TV channel Khabar, Interfax reports.They lifted the border-ban on the crossing points of Korday, SapatayBatyr and Aysha-bibi.Kazakhstan implemented border limitations on the border withKyrgyzstan after the events of April 7-8, ending with the change ofpower in Bishkek and president Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s escape from thecountry.

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The briefer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the South Ossetian conflict in August 2008, David Wilshire, presented a package of propositions on closing the Russian-Georgian file, said deputy of the Russian delegation in PACE and first deputy chairman of the Duma committee on foreign affairs, Leonid Slutskiy, ITAR-TASS reports.

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South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity signed a decree on rewardingthe republic’s ambassador to Russia Dmitry Medoyev with the Order ofFriendship, Res reports.Medoyev is rewarded for his great personal contribution toestablishing the statehood of South Ossetia and active fruitfuldiplomatic work.Dmitry Medoyev emphasized in December that their embassy will supportevents aimed at consolidation of Ossetians.

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On his visit to Tajikistan the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Elmar Mammadyarov, met the OSCE chairman-in-office and head of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, Kanat Saudabayev, ANS PRESS reports. The meeting took place in Dushanbe within the framework of the 37th session of the council of foreign ministers of member-states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

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The Azerbaijani ambassador to Georgia, professor Namik Aliyev, willvisit the Abkhazian capital on May 20. In Sukhumi he plans to meet thehead of the local university, professor Joni Apakidze, as well asmembers of the academic council and students, Rosbalt reports.

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The president of the republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has said ata meeting with Gudermes local authorities and religious leaders thathe won't allow the spread of radical ideas in the republic. "We are done with terrorism, and now we have to focus our efforts onwork with the youth," he said."We are responsible for the lives of our children and if some of themjoin the militants it should be taken as a personal tragedy.

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The Azerbaijani Defence Industry Ministry and an Israeli company willsoon sign an agreement on the production of drones, announced DefenseIndustry Minister Yaver Jamalov, reports APA."There were some technical issues but we have successfully resolvedthem. The Azerbaijani share will equal 51 percent. And the foreigncompany will provide the producing technology," the minister said.The minister also added that Azerbaijan was planning the production ofboth spy and fighter drones.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed during a phoneconversation with US State Secretary Hillary Clinton that a generalunderstanding among the so-called Iran Six over a UN Security Councilresolution against Iran has been reached, reports Interfax.He also added that "the next phase of work on the resolution projectwill be continued within the framework of the Security Council" andnon-permanent members will have an opportunity to express their viewson the new resolution on Iran.

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Iran's refusal to freeze its 20% uranium enrichment program is anobvious violation of its international commitments, US Secretary ofState Hillary Clinton told a Senate Foreign Relations Committeehearing, reports ITAR-TASS.According to Clinton, Iran continues to store enriched uranium,regardless of the international community's concerns.She also said that the US had agreed on a new Security Councilresolution on Iran "with the cooperation of both Russia and China".In an apparent attempt to deter the

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Approximately 1.5 million of various kinds of flowers will decoratethe capital of Armenia this year. The flowers will be planted withinthe framework of 'Green Yerevan' program, the city's press-servicereports."The greenhouses were built using saved-up finances. You can see over6,000 flowers here", Yerevan mayor Gagik Beglarian told journalists,News Armenia reports.The Armenian capital had a new 3,000 sq m greenhouse built in 2009 -some 3 times bigger than the old one.

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Abkhazia will adopt the experience of Italy's South Tirol inagricultural development, Apsnypress reports, citing AbkhazianMinister of Agriculture Yuri Akaba, who was on a visit to the Italianprovinces of Bolzano-Bozen (South Tirol).The agrarian sector is one of the leading spheres in the economy ofSouth Tirol's agrarian sector. At the same time, the Italian provincehas the highest living standards in the world. The main line of workis growing fruits: 10% of European apples come from South Tirol.

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