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Thousands of Turks have marched through Paris denouncing a bill that would make it a crime to deny that the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide, Trend reports. Turks waving their country's red flag marched on Saturday to the Senate, where the bill will be debated on Monday after passage in December in the lower house. They carried banners reading "No to Sarkozy Shame Law" and "History for Historians."

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Ismail Agakishiev: “The tragedy of ‘Black January’ affected all residents of Baku and Azerbaijan in general, no matter their ethnicity”

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Experience of Caucasus administration could be used in the Far East

Russian Emergency Situations Minister Sergey Shoigu suggested creating a state corporation for the Far East region's development. The very idea of such a super-district administrative structure is adopted from the experience of the North Caucasus administration. In 2010 the Corporation for North Caucasus Development was created. The company coordinates major investment projects of the NCFD as well as the most important construction and development sites

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The population of Azerbaijan has increased and now constitutes 9.235 million people, ANSPRESS cites the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee.

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Kabardino-Balkaria is holding an investigation into the high rate of baby deaths in the first days of 2012, Interfax reports.Eight babies died at the clinical hospital of Nalchik on January 1-10. The information was published on January 19.

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Alexander Khloponin, Russian Plenipotentiary Presidential Envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District (NCFD), noted that the law enforcers manage to prevent merger of criminal elements and government, RIA Novosti reports.The official demanded control over financing of organized crime. The NCFD is the leader of money laundering, he says.

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Heavy snow in Western Georgia caused a power cut for 73,000 (8%) people, News Georgia cites Avtandil Dvalishvili, a spokesman of the company for electricity distribution Energo-Pro Georgia, as saying.Power cut was registered in Samegrelo, Guria and Verkhnya Adjara. Bad weather conditions slows power restoration activities.Energo-Pro Georgia provides electricity for two thirds of the population in Georgia, or 400,000 consumers.Weather forecasts say that snowing will not stop until January 21.

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230 people were injured in an earthquake in Iran, RIA Novosti reports.Earlier reports said 36 were injured.The City of Nishapur in the north-eastern part of Iran was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6. The US Geological Survey says that the earthquake center was 11 km north-east of Nishapur 10.5 km deep.

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One man died and 27 were injured in a blast at Turkey’s Hakkari, Trend reports.Hakkari Governor Muammer Turker said that most people injured by the blast were civilians. The blast happened near the mayor’s office building. A bomb went off when a police bus was approaching. Kurdish separatists are believed to be the organizers of the terrorist attack.

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Three militants killed in the Khasavyurt District of Dagestan on the night of Thursday-Friday have been identified as members of a local gang, RIA Novosti reports.Two of them are twins, Sabit and Said Akayevs, born in 1986. The Akayev’s joined the militants in June 2011, according to information of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee. They joined the so-called Khasavyurt Gang.

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 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and leader of the United Russia Party has improved his rating from 48% to 52%, according to studies of the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center on January 14, published today, RIA Novosti reports.

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