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Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin criticized the management of Moscow's Domodedovo airport and the air carrier Aeroflot on Tuesday over their handling of flight delays caused by a recent ice storm, RIA Novosti reports. Power outages and icing at Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports near Moscow have severely disrupted passenger traffic in the past two days. The association of Russian travel companies said flight delays have affected more than 20,000 people.

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The Azerbaijani Amnesty Commission submitted a list of persons requesting pardon from the Azerbaijani president, Trend reports. The presidential commission held a meeting on Monday and reviewed the list of persons requesting pardon. The commission presented the list for the president's consideration, Ccmmission member Elmira Akhundova told Trend on Tuesday.

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One person died in south Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria after a suspected explosive device went off in an apartment, officials said on Tuesday, RIA Novosti reports. The blast occurred in a five-storey residential building in the republic's capital of Nalchik late on Monday. "The preliminary cause of the blast is an explosive device," a spokesperson for the local emergency services said.

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The Russian Embassy in Armenia organized a transfer of New Year gifts for Russian children living in the Lori region on Monday, News-Armenia reports.   The adviser to the Russian embassy in Armenia, Alexander Minzhurenko, noted that the assistance of the embassy will be more significant in the future.  

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The leadership of Moscow's Domodedovo airport asked the Ministry of the Emergency Situations of Russia, the Federal Air Transport Agency, the Government of Moscow and the company 'MOESK' to restore the energy supply to the airport before the New Year holidays, RIA Novosti reports.   Within 12 hours Domodedovo airport has been completely cut off from its external power supply.

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Sandro Kvitashvili has become the head of the Tbilisi State Universityof Javakhishvili, Georgia Online reports.Kvitashvili said that he was surprised to receive the votes of all 12members of the council.He said that a lot needs to be done to make the university one of theleading education centers in Europe. He has been studying the problemsof the university for 3 months. Kvitashvili stresses making theuniversity more financially independent.

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Vestnik Kavkaza continues talking about the New Year mood withpolitical anaysts, experts of the Caucasus, public figures andofficials of national unities.

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Gasoline and diesel fuel production of SOCAR (the State Oil Company ofthe Azerbaijani Republic) according to Euro-3 standards will notaffect the prices in Azerbaijan, SOCAR head Rovnag Abdullayev said,Trend reports.SOCAR currently produces Euro-2 fuel. It plans to start Euro-3 dieselfuel production in late 2011 and gasoline in 2012.Azerbaijan has two oil refineries with a total capacity of 20 milliontons annually. SOCAR provides them with oil from land and sea.

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A criminal case has been initiated against the head of the National Seismic Protection Service of Armenia, Alvaro Antonyan, for money theft. According to NEWS.am, citing the press service of the GeneralProsecutor's Office of Armenia, Alvaro Antonyan works in the NationalSeismology Service of the Emergencies Ministry, he is the director ofthe center for support of reduction of seismological risks.

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An anti-nationalistic demonstration has just started on Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow, Radio Svoboda reports. The meeting was initiated by the outstanding author and political activist Victor Shenderovich, who was once the host of a famous TV show on the NTV Channel. The aim of this demonstration is to oppose the nationalistic movements started by football fans earlier in the month. The initiative of Victor Shenderovich was supported by artists, politicians and human rights activists.

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 on the Richter scale has struck Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, Trend cites Iranian news agency Press TV. The quake occurred on Sunday at 1:54 a.m. local time (2224 GMT on Saturday). No fatalities or damages have been reported yet.

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