According to the Associated Press, the European Union is preparing regulations which will shut out Iran's banks from a major financial clearinghouse used by practically every country in the world. This action is connected to an unprecedented escalation of economic pressure by the United States and the EU, aimed at halting Iran's suspected drive for nuclear weapons. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, declared last week that it would comply with EU instructions to cut off the Iranian banks, once it has clarity about the new rules.
Iranian hackers brought down the website of the Azerbaijani state television.The website is now fully functioning.
A meeting commemorating the Soviet deporation of Chechens and Ingushetians was held today in Nazran, Yuga.ru reports.The tragedy happened 68 years ago, when the Soviet authorities decide to deport thousands of Caucasian people to Kazakhstan.Such actions were not rare during the Stalin era. Caucasian people as well as Germans were forced to leave their homes and move to far provinces of the country.
Russia is marking the Defender of the Motherland Day today, February 23. It is a rare day when men receive congratulations from women, gratitude and presents.On February 23, 1918, the revolutionary Red Guards achieved its first victory of regular forces of Kaiser's Germany. Soviet ideology called it the birthday of the Red Army.
Two students were killed and another was wounded in a recent attack on a school bus in the Kadirli district of Osmaniye Province in southern Turkey, Hurriyet Daily News reports. The bus was ambushed by a gunman as it left the school grounds at the end of the school day.Three 16-year-old girls were wounded at the scene and taken immediately to a nearby hospital. Two of the girls died and the third is still undergoing treatment.
The Dagestani Parliament has condemned two presidential candidates, communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and populist politician Vladimir Zhirinovksy, for politicizing the case of Rasul Mirzayev, RIA Dagestan reports.
Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian intellectuals met today at the Russian Public Chamber in the framework of a conference devoted to the role of cultural cooperation in conflict resolution.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled against Turkey in the case of Erbil Tuşalp, a Turkish journalist sentenced to pay damages to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for defamation, indicating Tuşalp’s right to freedom of expression had been violated, Hurriyet Daily News reports.
Sergey Zorin, an well-known Russian skiing coach, has been found dead in Turkey’s Erzurum where a skiing competition is being held for athletes aged under 23, ITAR-TASS reports.There have been no reports on the causes of death of the coach at his hotel room. Hotel manager Ahmet Telyas said that Zorin was found this morning.
Azerbaijani officers have arrested suspects involved in a group organizing terrorist attacks against foreigners using weapons and explosives.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev unveiled a monument to the National Hero Köroğlu in Baku today. The 23-meter tall monument with a granite base was designed by Tokay Mamedov.The monument was built at the 1.3-hectar park on the crossing of Azadlyg and Vagif Avenues, where the former monument to Baku Commissar A.Japaridze used to stand. The park was reconstructed.
Today members of the Russian feminist group Pussy Riot held an action in the Russian Orthodox Church's main cathedral, Ekho Moskvy reports. Feminists gathered near the altar of the Christ Savior Cathedral in Moscow and started to sing a song devoted to the role the Russian Church plays in the political and social life of the country, the Putin regime and the status of women in Russia.
Residents of the Georgian village of Samtatskaro demand that the bridge connecting the country with Azerbaijan be reopened, the PirWeli news agency reports. The bridge was closed in 2010 due to damage. According to villagers, it used to play a major role in their lives.
Only 13% of the 9.5 million foreigners in Russia work legally, Constantine Romodanovsky, head of the Federal Migration Service, said at the Committee for Social Policy of the Federation Council today, ITAR-TASS reports.According to February 20, Russia had 9.588 million foreigners, 41% of them (over 3.9 million) are non-labour migrants. They are mainly students and tourists, the official says.
The Twitter Inc. company is proceeding to the localization of micro bloggingservice Twitter in the Azerbaijani language, Trend reports, quoting theproject manager of the Barkamp company, Ilgar Mirza.The question of the localization of Twitter in the Azerbaijani languagebecame a subject of discussion during last year's visit ofrepresentatives of the Barkamp company to Twitter headquarters in SanFrancisco. The Twitter management expressed its readiness to offer services
Vestnik Kavkaza continues informing about the visit of blogger Ilia Varlamov to Azerbaijan, who has recently returned.His tour was organized within the project “Unknown Caucasus”, reflecting historic and modern aspects of the Caucasus. Visual collections will be an instrument to fulfill the goal. Trend supported photography of places in Baku.