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Chechen delegation visits Germany

 Isa Hajimuradov, head of the delegation of the department for foreign affairs of the Chechen government, and Vladimir Grinin, Russian Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Germany, have met at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, the Chechen government reports.Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov ordered Hajimuradov to meet Chechen compatriots living in Germany.Grinin and Hajimuradov discussed cooperation and migration processes. 5 million citizens of CIS countries lived in Chechnya, Grinin noted.

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Turkish FM meets German counterpart

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met today with His German counterpart Guido Westerwelle at the Friends of Syria conference held in Doha, Qatar.

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Russia marks anniversary of Nazi attack

On June 22 Russia marks Day of Memory and Grief. On this day in 1941 Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union. Some 27 million Soviet people perished during the war.

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Germany has blocked the next stage of talks on Turkey’s joining the EU, RIA Novosti reports.The sides planned to have a session for technical issues of the process next week. The initiative needed unanimous approval, but Germany halted the process. In the light of upcoming parliamentary elections in Germany, the talks have low chances of renewal.

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 Azerbaijani painter Tair Mamedov will present his works at the Central Art House of Moscow on June 26 – July 7, Trend reports.Mamedov graduated at the Azerbaijani State Art School named after Azim Azimzade in 1967, the Azerbaijani State Institute of Art named after M.A. Aliyev in 1976. He became a member of the Azerbaijani Union of Artists in 1979.

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Georgy Khaindrava: “Sooner or later Saakashvili will be sent to prison”

Interview by Sergey Rekeda, RuBaltic.RuThe presentation of the documentary headlined “The Lighthouse of Democracy” by the Georgian director Georgy Khaindrava took place in the Baltic republics in June. He dispels the myth about progressive liberal reformation of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. Politicians of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia got an opportunity to see friends of what “lighthouse of democracy” they have really been for years. The internet portal RuBaltic.Ru interviewed the director of the film Georgy Khaindrava.

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Angela Merkel shocked by events in Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was shocked at Turkey's tough response to anti-government protests. "I'm appalled, like many others," Merkel said of Turkey's handling of two weeks of unrest that began over a redevelopment project in an Istanbul park but has grown into broader protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, Reuters reports. EU politicians are divided on whether interrupting accession talks would help or hamper Turkey's democratization process.

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The 11th presidential polls in Iran started at 8.00 am. 66,000 polling stations have opened for 50.5 million voters to choose between Saeed Jalili, Mohsen Rezaee, Hassan Rouhani, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Mohammad Gharazi and Ali Akbar Velayati.

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Trans Adriatic Pipeline will accept any gas - TAP

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), one of the two contenders for the final route of the "Southern Gas Corridor" by which Azerbaijani gas will be delivered to Europe, today issued a statement informing about its opportunities and the intention to bring gas to Europe from all available sources."TAP is a scalable pipeline project, which will allow transporting additional volumes of gas from the Caspian region and other sources to Europe. This contributes to further ensuring the security and diversification of energy supply," Trend quotes the words of the lead TAP official representative.Such a statement was generated by leaked information that the European Union is thinking about purchasing gas from Israel, which has recently opened a large deposit "Leviathan." Israeli gas will allow the European Union to further diversify the channels of ensuring its energy security, for which it now primarily strives, trying not to allow the Russian company "Gazprom" to become a virtual monopoly on the European gas market.

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Dagestan to attract German investors for construction of hemodialysis centers

Construction of outpatient dialysis centers for the treatment of patients with kidney disease has been discussed at the meeting of the Minister of Health of Dagestan, Tank Ibragimov, with businessmen from Germany.The government of the republic will support the investors."We will declare an auction, and the winning company will build the clinic and supply all modern and highly-efficient equipment," Ibragimov added.

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 The UN is negotiating accommodation of 10,000 Syrian refugees in Germany, Reuters cites Adrian Edwards of the UN Refugee Agency.About 1.6 million refugees have become refugees. The figure may reach 3.5 million at the end of 2013. 

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 16 out of 17 share indexes of West Europe dropped yesterday. The Danish stock market was closed. The composite index of Stoxx Europe 600 dropped by 1.49% to 295.12 points, a minimal since April 24. The indicator has been growing by 5.6% since the start of the year, Interfax reports.Index of Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 dropped by 46.37 (-1.68%) to 2709.33 points.

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The 35th Moscow International Film Festival

At the end of June, Moscow will host the traditional 35th Moscow International Film Festival. 14 films will compete in the main program. There are three Russian movies: “The Role” by Konstantin Lopushansky, “Slide” by Anton Rozerberg and “Judas” by Andrey Bogatyrev.

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 Maki Mohamed, a citizen of Turkey and Syria on the Interpol wanted list, has been caught at the Batumi International Airport, ITAR-TASS reports.He was supplying Germany, UK, Netherlands and France with narcotics from Turkey. 

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