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Russians top Euro 2012 qualifying group

Russians top Euro 2012 qualifying group

Russia's win in Macedonia 1:0 puts them top of Group B

Russian president honors forest fire rescuers

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has decorated rescuers from 15 countries who this summer helped Russia put out forest fires, ITAR-TASS reports.46 people from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, France and Estonia have been honored. The president said that fire extinguishing requires personal courage from everyone. 

Head of Azerbaijani state social protection urges private pension funds

Azerbaijan needs private pension funds, Trend reports, citing the head of the Azerbaijani state fund of social protection Salim Muslimov, at the pension financing presentation held by the fund and German pension insurance experts. The new pension insurance system will consist of three stages: obligatory pension insurance carried out by the government, investment stage of the insurance and private pension fund establishment.

Abkhazia to allow Russians to purchase housing

Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh expects the republic's authorities to allow Russians to buy primary housing in Abkhazia in early 2011. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in February 2010 that received it had complaints from Russians who had seen their property expropriated in Abkhazia. Bagapsh promised that Russians will be allowed to purchase housing on the primary market in Abkhazia, the Kommersant paper reports.

Iran ready for nuclear talks

Iran is ready to hold talks with six major powers over its nuclear program "in late October or early November," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday, Reuters reports.He gave no details about the venue of the talks. Western officials say they could take place in Vienna or Geneva.Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N.

IMF predicts annual Turkish GDP of $1 trillion in 2015

IMF predicts annual Turkish GDP of $1 trillion in 2015.

US President's National Security Advisor to visit Sochi

The US President's National Security Advisor, James Jones, is going to visit Sochi in the framework of his European tour, Ria Novosti reports.James Jones is currently visiting Germany, where he is attending the ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reunion of Germany in Bremen before meeting his German colleague. After this, General Jones will visit Russia. In Sochi he will attend a meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

Iran starts final stage of nuclear program

Iran starts final stage of nuclear program

Iran has started the final stage of developing special technology for the production of fuel rods. Iran plans to produce the necessary fuel within a year, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Manuchehr Mottaki said.

Nabucco support deal to be signed in October

Nabucco support deal to be signed in October

 An agreement on supporting the Nabucco gas pipeline project is planned to be signed in October, Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

International theatre festival openes in Georgia

International theatre festival openes today in Marjanishvili Drama Theatre in Georgia, Novosti Gruzia cites the press service of the Georgian Ministry of Culture.In the framework of the festival Georgia will be visited by the troupes from England, Korea, Germany, Croatia, France, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sweden, and Poland.The festival was esteblished in 2009 by the Tbilisi's city hall.

Tourist bus crashed in Turkey

A bus with tourists from Germany crashed into a car in Antalya near the town of Manavgat last night, Trend reports. 11 people received injuries and were hospitalized.

US to respond to Ahmadinejad’s outrage

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has created yet another incident at the UN, yesterday suggesting that there are "elements within the U.S. government behind the 11 September attack on the Twin Towers”. At these words, many delegates left the hall. A few hours earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama had left the door open to diplomacy with Tehran, Spero News reports. All of this occurred in the setting of the 65th sitting of the annual session of the UN General Assembly.

Iran is ready for negotiations with 5+1 group in October

An Iranian official representative is ready to meet with arepresentative of the 5+1 group (Russia, US, China, Great Britain,France, Germany) in October to discuss the Iranian nuclear program,Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today.

Georgian index of economic freedom rises

According to the Fraser Institute, Georgia has risen 22 places among141 countries, taking 23rd place (with a score of 7.47) in the indexof economic freedom, Business Georgia reports.The Ministry of Economy and Stable Development reported that last yearGeorgia was 45th in the ratings. Georgia is now ahead of Germany,Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain , Armenia, Latvia, Greece, Italy, Russia,Azerbaijan and others.

Russia refuses Iran

Russia refuses Iran

Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree, according to which Iran will not receive Russian arms.

USA and Iran hold secret talks in New York

USA and Iran hold secret talks in New York

The USA and Iran, suspected of building nuclear weapons, had a secret meeting which may open unofficial diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Sochi-2010 investment forum

Sochi-2010 investment forum

Nine agreements were signed, amounting to 118,600,000 euros worth of investments, during the IX International Investment Forum Sochi-2010.

EU to finance Nabucco project

EU will issue 3 billion euro for realization of Nabucco project and 4 more billion as credits, head of Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH Reinhard Mitchek said at the international gas conference in Baku, APA-Economics reports.Mitchek said that the money will be provided after preparation work. European Investment Bank and the International Finance Corporation have received mandates.

Referendum in Turkey: Erdogan#039s victory will change the country

Referendum in Turkey: Erdogan's victory will change the country

The political system of Turkey will have see a transformation after the national referendum of September 12. The ruling Justice and Development Party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has convinced people to approve amendments to the Constitution. The amendments will limit the privileges of the army, reform the court system and give greater powers to parliament.

Iran proposes two more countries to participate in negotiations

Tehran proposes to revise the pattern of negotiations on the settlement of Iran's nuclear problem and add Turkey and Brazil to the six present participating countries (Russia, China, France, USA, United Kingdom and Germany), Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchher Mottaki stated today, RIA Novosti reports."The six" have already demonstrated their unwillingness to negotiate honestly, which is why we need to change the format of the negotiations," the minister said.

Azerbaijani-German negotiations on military cooperation start in Baku

Bilateral negotiations on military cooperation between Azerbaijan andGermany started today in Baku, reports APA, citing the DefenseMinistry's press office. The negotiations will last until September15. There is no information on issues to be discussed. Negotiationsbetween Azerbaijani and German military experts concerning Azerbaijanisystem of military education took place on September 6-9.

Investment forum in Sochi postpones working days

The head of Sochi, Anatoliy Pakhomov, has signed an order postponingworking days due to the International Investment Forum ‘Sochi-2010’being held on September 16-19.Instead of September 16 and 17 people will work on September 11 and25. The decision was made to provide optimal functionality of allfacilities in the city, Interfax reports.Approximately 8,000 people will arrive for the forum, with 2,500 ofthem participating in it.

From Slovenia to Slovakia

From Slovenia to Slovakia

The Russian team has lost home match of European Championship 2012 to its primary competitor for the final round

Iran declares UN sanctions ineffective

Iranian officials have dismissed US sanctions as ineffective, saying that they are finding Asian partners instead, Fars reports. Several Chinese and other Asian firms are negotiating or signing up to oil and gas deals with Iran.

Armenian Expo 2010 opens in Yerevan

ArmenianPremier Tigran Sarkisyan has participated in the opening ofthe 10th anniversary of the universal regional trade-industrialexhibition forum Armenia Expo 2010, which will end on September 5th atthe Sports and Concert Hall. The whole range of Armenian industrialpotential will be seen at the exhibition, Panorama reports.The premier noted that the goal of the exhibition is to organizecontacts between Armenian businessmen. He said that it will includeforums, and round tables to attract investments.

Russia intensifies cooperation with Armenia

However, there are fears that it will lay its hands on the country's wealth

More Armenian tourists arrive in Turkey

Despite the boycott of Turkish routes by some Armenian tourist agencies, more Armenians preferred vacationing in Turkey in 2010 than 2009, News.am reports.In the first 7 months of 2010 Turkey was visited by 15.93 million people, which is 6.67% more than in the same period last year. The main visitors are Germany, followed by Russia (1.793 million people), England and Iran.

Regional Energy Forum in Baku

The First Caucasian Forum on Renewable Energy Sources is to take place on the 7th and 8th of September in Baku. The main organizers of the event are the European Management Academy (Germany) and EVRA International Inc. of the USA, reports 1news.az. The European Commission has also sent the organizers an official letter of support. The experts of the Commission consider the forum a good opportunity for people from the business, science and governmental spheres to develop a common strategy in solving topical problems.

Ahmadinejad to negotiate on enriched uranium exchange

Iranian President Mahmuod Ahmadinejad is ready to negotiate with the five permament members of the UN Security Council (Russia, the USA, France, the UK and China) and Germany concerning the exchange of slightly-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel enriched abroad, reports Trend. It was earlier claimed that negotiations with the US could take place only after sanctions are lifted.

State of Georgian debt is over $546 million.

State of Georgian debt is over $546 million. Georgia's external debt to 17 countries is $546.7 million, including  $17 million to  Azerbaijan. The biggest public credits are those from Germany - $189.7 million, Russia - $117.4 million, Japan - $55.8 million, the USA - $36.8 million, Turkey - $32.9 million, reports PanARMENIAN.Net.In addition Georgia has been given credit by international institutions, amounting to $2532.2 million. At present Georgia's external government debt is $3583.5 million.