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Saakhashvily asks Sargsyan to mediate in relations with Moscow.

Georgian President Michael Saakashvili has asked his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan to meditate in the issue of Tbilisi’s normalization of relations with Moscow, the leader of Georgia’s Labour Party Shalva Natelashvili has said, Novosti Armenia reported.

Georgia wants to see its goods return to Russian market, but wary of trap

Georgia wants to see its goods return to Russian market, but wary of trap

The opening of additional markets for Georgian goods is to be welcomed, but it is necessary to exercise caution when dealing with Russia, Georgian Finance Minister Kakha Baindurashvili said on Wednesday ahead of a cabinet meeting, RIA Novosti reported.

China to expand high-speed rail system to 17 countries

China is planning to expand its high-speed railway system to 17 countries, including Russia, Iran and Turkey. “Negotiations are going on with the respective countries and construction should be finished in 2025,” Wang Mengshu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Police find explosive devices in Ingushetia

Police in Ingushetia’s Sunzhensky District have discovered two homemade explosive devices, Interfax said on Wednesday, citing a law enforcement source.

U.S. air force to pay bonus for knowledge of Chechen, Azerbaijani

The U.S. Air Force top brass wants to attract more recruits with a knowledge of a foreign language and is prepared to pay bonuses of $500 a month.

Investment for Ingushetia

Investment for Ingushetia

The republic plans to attract capital for the construction sphere and the creation of hydroelectric power plants.

Madrasah lecturer shot dead in Dagestan

A lecturer at a madrasah in the Kizlyarsky District of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan has been shot dead in his home, the Interfax news agency said, citing law enforcement sources.

Niche of absolute intransigence

Niche of absolute intransigence

President Saakashvili said that the young Georgian state had withstood three tsunamis.

The precipice and the four waters

The precipice and the four waters

There are lots of unique places along the Black Sea shore

Russia expects Sweden to help with extradition of Caucasus militants

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is counting on Stockholm's assistance in the extradition of militants from the Caucasus living in Sweden.

Transneft, Chevron discuss cooperation on Samsun-Ceyhan piepline

Transneft and Chevron are discussing cooperation in implementing the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline project, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the corporate magazine of the Russian company.  

Iran’s first nuclear power plant will start work this year

The startup of the first Iranian nuclear power plant, being built by Russian specialists in Bushehr, will take place in 2010, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed on Tuesday, adding that adjustment and alignment works were continuing, RIA Novosti reports.

Chechnya names new head of law enforcement agencies

Mohammed Daudov, a police colonel and hero of Russia, has been appointed to the post of first deputy prime minister of Chechnya, Interfax reports.Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov introduced Daudov to the Cabinet ministers and the heads of various departments during a government meeting.

Ingushetia’s president orders preparation of construction plans for federal program

The president of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, held a meeting with the republic’s prime minister, Alexei Vorobiyev, ministers and agency heads on the implementation of federal program for the socio-economic development of the region until 2016, Yuga.ru reports.

Abkhazia bids final farewell to republic’s first president

A mourning ceremony was on Tuesday in the capital of Abkhazia in connection with the funeral of the first president of the republic Vladislav Ardzinba, reports Yuga.ru. Ardzinba died aged 64 on March 4 in a Moscow hospital after a protracted illness. After the civil funeral rites on March 5, which took place in the cultural center of the Armed Forces of Russia in Moscow, the body of the former president was delivered to Abkhazia. On the news of his death, all celebrations and sporting contests in the republic were canceled.

Medvedev okays deal on Russian military base in South Ossetia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to hold discussions with South Ossetia on the signing of a deal on a Russian military base in the South Caucasus republic, RIA Novosti reported.

Medvedev’s representative to North Caucasus forms his team

Medvedev’s representative to North Caucasus forms his team

Deputy Industry Minister Maxim Bystrov will be appointed deputy presidential envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District with responsibility for economic issues, respected business daily Vedomosti reports, citing members of the delegation and the government. The document on his employment has not yet been signed but Bystrov has already begun to carry out his duties, the government official said.

Storm warning announced for Russia’s Novorossiysk

Emergency services in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Territory announced on Tuesday a storm warning for the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, RIA Novosti said.

Russian, Armenian foreign ministers talk Nagorno-Karabakh in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Armenian counterpart Edvard Nalbandian met in Moscow on March 8, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website said.

Chechen President: liquidation of Buriatsky will help in search of Umarov

  Liquidation of ideologist of North-Caucasian militants Said Buriatsky will hasten the process of search of the Leader of bandit underground Doki Umarov – supposes President of Chechen Republic Ramazan Kadyrov.