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Azerbaijan has developed a plan to prevent and clear oil spills,Azerbaijani Emergencies Minister Kemaleddin Heydarov said at the KazEnergy forum in Astana. A special emergency and rescue service isoperating as part of the ministry.The minister"s report on the cooperation of the Caspian states inpreventing oil spills was presented as part of a section on thelessons of the the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, Trend reports.

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Chechnya has introduced unprecedented measures in the fight againstbride kidnapping, Yuga.ru reports. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov hadsaid earlier that bride kidnapping is neither a Chechen or a Muslimtradition.Bride kidnapping is violence and and offensive to the bride"s family.Such practice violates Chechen traditions and starts conflict betweenfamilies, leading to long hostilities between families sometimes, headof the Chechen Muslim Clerical Administration Sultan Mirzayev said.

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"Secure Republic"

A program entitled "Secure Republic" is set to be financed, according to the budget of North Ossetia for 2011.

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A counter-terrorist operation has begun in Gogol Street in theDagestani capital of Makhachkala. Police have surrounded a group ofmilitants in a private house, RIA Novosti reports, citing thepress-service of Federal Security Service department in Dagestan.

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Turkey will launch its first spy satellite in 2012, Premier RecepTayyip Erdogan said. The project is worth 250 million euro, Turkeywill reduce its information dependence on the USA, especially whenholding operations against the separatist Workers' Party of Kurdistan,whose camps are located in North Iraq, RIA Novosti reports.

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Interview with Adyl Garibov

Dr. Adyl Garibov is the Director of the Azerbaijani Institute of Radiation Problems and the official representative of Azerbaijan at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).- What is the major occupation of the Institute?

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An anthrax outbreak in south Russia's Kuban region is under control, RIA Novosti reports.Five infected people were hospitalized two weeks ago and are now are recovering. 150 cows are under veterinary observation.The infection spread due to farm workers' failure to observe regulations.

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Unidentified assailants shot dead the head of the local administration and a top agricultural official in the Dagestani village of Nijniy Chirurt on Monday, RIA Novosti reports.

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Azerbaijani Education Minister Misir Mardanov has discussed Azerbaijan-Saudi bilateral cooperation in the sphere of education with Saudi Arabian officials, reports Trend.During the meeting with the head of the Saudi Arabian Islamic University Mohammed Ben Ali Al-Okla, Mardanov expressed his hope for the future development of the relations between the two countries' universities.

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Armen Dzigarkhanyan, People's Artist of the USSR, a theatre and movie actor, was decorated with the Order of Honor by the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, News Armenia reports.The famous actor celebrated his 75th anniversary on Sunday. Sargsyan sent him a congratulatory message, wishing him health and prosperity.

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An airplane flying from Moscow to Grozny made an emergency landing on Sunday at Volgograd airport, due to the threat of an explosion on board, Interfax reports.The aircraft is now being examined. The information that a bomb was placed somewhere inside the plane was received at 4.14 pm local time. There were 73 passengers on board, who were evacuated immediately after the plane landed.

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Yesterday unidentified assailants opened fire on an 'Infinity FX45' car, belonging to an employee of the Makhachkala police office, before fleeing the crime scene in a black VAZ-217030, Yuga.ru reports. The officer died of his wounds on the way to hospital. The police are conducting 'Vulcan-3' and 'Interception' field operation plans.

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