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Flood in Georgia's Kutaisi

The Georgian parliamentary capital of Kutaisi has experienced a flood, Trend reports.Rescuers and fire-fighters have been pumping water out of buildings the whole night. No one was injured in the flood.

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International food prices rose sharply in July after three months of decline, driven by a spike in grain and sugar prices, a United Nations report said on Thursday, CBS News quotes Associated Press.

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Around 1,000 Syrian refugees who have fled from violence in northern Syria are waiting to cross intoTurkey at the Öncüpinar border gate, a Turkish official told the Hürriyet Daily News today. The refugees have been forced to wait along the border betweenTurkey and Syria because there is not enough space at the shelter camps.  More than 5,000 Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey last week from the violence in Aleppo have been placed in a newly constructed shelter camp in the

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EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has called for a free and fair trial for Russian punk band and feminist group Pussy Riot, RIA Novosti reported yesterday.

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About 35% of Russians want Abkhazia and South Ossetia to join Russia

 41% of people questioned by Levada Center say that they want Abkhazia to become an independent state, 43% wish the same for South Ossetia, Rosbalt reports.53% expressed such opinion a year ago. Yet, the number of people wishing Abkhazia and South Ossetia to become part of Russia has increased from 25% to 34% and from 23% to 35% respectively. Only 9% and 8% respectively want them to be part of Georgia.

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Police officers attacked in Dagestan - 2

Unidentified gunmen have killed three police officers and wounded one near the Chanko Village of the Botlikhsky District of Dagestan at about 1 pm, RIA Novosti reports.

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Pogrom at Georgian juvie

 A group of convicts of Georgian juvie N11 started disorders on August 8, breaking inventory and infrastructure, Trend reports.No one was injured in the disorders. Part of the convicts was moved to a different prison. 

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Yusup-Haji Temerkhanov is accused of murdering Col. Yuri Budanov, Izvestia reports.According to genetic studies, Temerkhanov’s younger brother Yunus may be involved in the case. The murder is believed to be revenge for murder of his father at the Galdagan Village of the Kurchaloyevsky District of Chechnya by three unidentified soldiers of the military base N73881 on the night of February 13, 2000. Temerkhanov asked two other people to help him.

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US torpedo ship saves Iranian fishermen

 US torpedo ship James Williams has saved 10 Iranian and 2 Pakistani fishermen in the Gulf of Oman, spokesman of the US Navy Captain Jayson Salat said. They will be taken to the Enterprise aircraft carrier, ITAR-TASS reports.US torpedo ship Kidd saved Iranian fisherman from 40 days of detention by Somali pirates in January. Tehran warned Washington that its vessels were not allowed in the area. 

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 Iran’s Niavaran Historical and Cultural Complex has displayed a piece of Kiswah, the black silk and gold-embroidered curtain used to cover the holy Ka'aba, Press TV reports. …

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Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court on Wednesday sentenced four people involved in the 2010 nationalist clashes on Manezhnaya Square to terms ranging from suspended sentences to three-year imprisonment, RIA Novosti cites the court as saying.

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In an effort to fight gender inequality found within the educational system the National Education Ministry has instigated a project of reforms which includes training 60,000 teachers and administrators and editing textbooks to support gender equality, Hurriyet Daily News reports. 

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Azerbaijani and Dagestani youth officials sign cooperation memorandum

 The Dagestani State Institute for People’s Economy has hosted a meeting of the institute’s head Yakhya Buchayev and an Azerbaijani delegation within the framework of the Russian-Azerbaijani Forum Dialog, RIA Dagestan cites Mukhtar Amirov, Director of the Center for Analysis and Information of the Committee for Youth Policy of Dagestan.Ayshat Gamzayeva, an attendant of the meeting, said that any cooperation gives new experience and valuable knowledge.

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Former imam attacked in Dagestan

 Unidentified assailants have attacked Makardin Mujaidov, a former imam of Endireyaule of the Khasavyurtovsky District of Dagestan, at about 1 am this morning, RIA Novosti reports.The assailants wounded the former imam with gunshots.tatarstan Mufti Ildus Fayzov was attacked and a high-ranking official of the local Muslim Administration Valiulla Yakupov was killed in July. Both were well-known fighters against extremism.

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