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A consortium of higher education centers will train staff for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, head of the Saint-Petersburg State University for Services and Economy said, Yuga.ru reports. The consortium received orders from the Ministry of Education and Science and the administration of the Krasnodar Territory and Sochi. Training of hotel staff in Sochi will start in March. The consortium consists of nine higher education centers.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (March 4, 2011)

The Washington Post published the article “Iran might not be the big winner of Mideast uprisings.” The author considers the question: Will Iran benefit from a new strategic order? He concludes that over the past decade, and certainly since Saddam Hussein was removed from Iran's enemies list, Iranian regional influence has increased as U.S. leverage has declined. Iran will try to capitalize on recent events to further this trend. But the United States, too, could capitalize on recent changes and the widespread desire for democratic reforms among Middle Eastern youth.

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The Daily Telegraph published a libellous article on the Justice and Development Party of Turkey and will pay 25,000 pounds as compensation to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The paper reported that Erdogan had received money from Iran. The paper acknowledged the mistake and apologized. Erdogan’s lawyer Emma Edhem initiated the suit against The Daily Telegraph. The court ordered The Daily Telegraph to pay the sum on March 3.

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The tickets for the Armenia vs. Russia match as part of the qualification rounds for Euro-2012 will cost approximately $8-19. The match will be held at the stadium of Vazgen Sargsyan on March 26, News Armenia cites the press-service of the Armenian Football Federation as saying. The price for south and north parts of the stadium will cost $8, eastern - $13.6, western $19. One can buy a maximum of 4 tickets. The tickets will be available on March 10.

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Georgia has opened an office in London 500 days ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. Giya Natsvlishvili, head of the Georgian Olympic Committee, visited London to prepare a Georgian delegation for the visit. The office will see 400 people at a reception on behalf of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. The “Georgian House” was organized, near the Tate Britain Museum. The “Georgian House” will have daily concerts, exhibitions, and tastings of the national cuisine and wines. Georgia will cooperate with the Concerto company.

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Well-known European football players will play for a team captained by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in a match against a side including members of Brazil's World Cup winning side of 2002 in Grozny on March 8, the Minister for Sport and Tourism of the Republic, Khaidar Alkhanov, told RIA Novosti on Monday.Famous singers, including Enrique Iglesias are expected to be invited for the opening of the match.

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Iran has lodged a protest against the logo of the London-2012 Olympic Games and filed a letter to the International Olympic Committee, ISNA reports.Iran says that the special style of the “2012”, in the form of triangles, with the word “London” and five Olympic rings, resembles the word “Zion” (referring to Jerusalem).

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