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4-point earthquake registered in Armenia

 An earthquake with a magnitude of 3 points was registered in Kapan (south of Armenia), News Armenia reports.An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 points was registered 40km south-east of Khoyin Iran  at 9.13 am today. Its epicenter had a magnitude of 5-6 points. 

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WHO to help Azerbaijan vaccinate children

The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating the level of Azerbaijan's readiness for carrying out vaccination of children against pneumococcal disease, the Deputy Director of the Republican Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Azerbaijani Health Ministry, Afag Aliyeva, said on Thursday, Trend reports.According to her, a visit by the WHO assessment mission to Azerbaijan is expected in the near future."WHO experts will evaluate the level of preparatory work, after which the supplies of vaccines will be delivered to the republic," Trend quotes Aliyeva.

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Turkey does not know how many Kurdish rebels have left the country

According to the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bekir Bozdag, militants from the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party continue to leave the country.The Deputy Prime Minister is reported by "Anadolu" as denying media reports that claim that members of the PKK have almost completely left the territory of Turkey. "At the moment, members of the PKK are in the process of leaving Turkey. It is impossible to say what percentage has already left," Bozdag said.

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Parliament of Dagestan strips Magomed Magomedov of office

The parliament of Dagestan has stripped the deputy of the People's Assembly of the Republic, Magomed Magomedov, of office."The deputies voted for the deprivation of office of Magomed Magomedov,and as MP from the Khunzakhski region," the representative of the People's Assembly of the Republic, Ulluby Erbolatov said, ITAR-TASS reported.Magomed Magomedov was arrested today during a break in the session. As part of a criminal case currently under investigation he is suspected of aiding members of illegal armed groups.

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Sanctions against Iran extended to dogs

The Western countries have put a ban on exporting drug-sniffing dogs to Iran, The second-in-command of the Iranian police, Brigadier-General Ahmad-Reza Radan said, Trend reports.Radan noted that, aside from dogs, drug-detecting electronic equipment exports to Iran have been banned as well."Despite these sanctions on elementary equipment that helps Iran fight drug smuggling, the country was able to seize about 500 tons of drugs during the last year," Trend quotes Radan.

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Fire in Shirvan National Park, Azerbaijan

Today at 14:50 a fire broke out on the territory of the Shirvan National Park. According to some reports, the dry grass in the park caught fire immediately after an oil tanker owned by "Salyan OIL" passed by. The wind spread the fire over the park, and now about 100 hectares are in flames.In connection with the fire, traffic on the Baku-Alat-Astara road has been restricted. There is danger posed to Persian gazelles living in the park. A large number of trees are on fire, APA reports.

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Killers of Alan Torchinov apprehended in North Ossetia

The Acting Head of Dagestan, Ramadan Abdullatipov, has criticized the activities of regulatory bodies, the press service of the head of the region reports."It turned out that the test of the effectiveness of the land use implemented by the Audit Chamber, the law enforcement agencies and the Federal Service for Financial and Budgetary Oversight have yielded no results," Interfax quotes Abdullatipov.

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Levada Center publishes opinions polls about 2014 Olympic Games

 62% of Russians are proud that the country will host the Winter Olympic Games of Sochi in 2014 and the World Football Championship of 2018, 29% call it a waste of money, Interfax cites the Levada Center’s opinion polls.45% consider the events important and necessary, compared with 52% expressing such opinion in 2011. The number of people with a contrary view increased from 32% to 44$.43% (49% in 2011) believe that the funds spent on the Olympic Games and the Football Championship will pay off, 46% (36%) have an opposite opinion.

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 Two Iranian missile ships Peykan and Jushan of the Sina project are on a visit to Astrakhan under command of Captain Mohammad Hasan Azerpeykan, ITAR-TASS reports.The ships encountered the Volgodonsk small artillery shop and followed it on River Volga. A special ceremony was organized at the Square of Peter I. Iranian sailors were greeted by the authorities of the Caspian Flotilla and the Astrakhan Region.The guests will stay until July 1 and will visit museums, meet Russian sailors and have sports competitions. 

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Migrants commit about 20% of crimes

Press conference given by the head of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, Irina Yarovaya. During the event, she summed up the work of the committee, as well as upcoming plans for the fight against illegal migration, labor quotas and measures to identify labor market needs. According to Ms. Yarovaya, the proportion of crimes committed by migrants amounts to 20% of the total.

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Act on controlling officials’ expenses is supported by the majority of the population

Press conference given by the head of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, Irina Yarovaya. The chairwoman of the Committee announced the results of the Committee's work during the spring session and touched upon topical issues such as the tightening of measures against corruption, drug trafficking, the improvement of the judicial system, the law "on monitoring the expenses of persons holding public office", which is supported by the majority of the population.

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Azerbaijani quota for Mecca pilgrimage reaches 3600 people

 The quota for pilgrimage in Mecca was increased by 1400 to 3600 people for Azerbaijan. 4000 people have filed documents for the pilgrimage.Reception of documents for hajj ended at the end of last week. The Caucasus Muslim Administration is the only structure to work on hajj issues. The pilgrimage will start on October 2.Hajj will be organized for 3250 manats for those who stay at medium-quality hotels and for 4100 manats for better hotels. Pilgrims will only be organized by air. Bus transportation was cancelled over the conflict in Syria. 

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Unveiling of a monument to the Front Dog

Last weekend, the former Soviet Union paid tribute to the memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War.June 22 is a sorrowful date in our history. Exactly 72 years ago, Nazi forces invaded the Soviet Union. Millions of people were killed in battle and in the rear. And man's best friend fought for the Motherland - dogs that saved the lives of the people, and often gave their lives for them.

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Three people killed in Dagestan

 46-year-old Jamalutdin Jamayev was hospitalized and 33-year-old and 25-year-old Gaydarbekov brothers were found dead on the Street of Abubakarov in Kaspiysk last night, RIA Dagestan reports.The police found an APS with a clip, a traumatic pistol, 17 shells of caliber 9mm, 4 shells of caliber 7.62mm, 7 shells from traumatic pistol, an AKSU with 4 magazines, 3 silencers, 67 shells of caliber 7.62mm, 2 masks, a radio, 3 mobile phones, religious literature.The police initiated a case for serial murder and illegal trafficking of weapons. 

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Meningitis registered in Sochi

 Meningitis was registered at the Adler District of Sochi, Interfax reports.Over 30 people were hospitalized in the First Infection Hospital in Moscow with serous meningitis, Chief Doctor of the hospital Nikolai Malushev said.10 children were hospitalized in Moscow, 7 of them had meningitis. About 50 people in Yelets (Lipetsk Region) were hospitalized with symptoms of meningitis.Over 50 children have been hospitalized with meningitis in Rostov-on-Don since early June. 5 children from the Voronezh Region were hospitalized. 

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