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A Syrian climbed on to the top of a crane in Munich on Monday morning and stayed there at a 30-degrees heat all day, demanding refugee status for himself and his family in Cairo, RIA Novosti reports.The man has been staying in Germany since June. He threatened to jump and got his chest cut when the firemen tried to approach him. The police failed to persuade him to get down. The special police forces caught him when he entered the crane’s cabin.

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The Turkish foreign trade deficit in June 2013 increased by 18.9%, compared with June 2013, and totaled $8.5 billion, Trend reports.Turkish export dropped by 6% in June 2013 and totaled $12.4 billion. Imports totaled $21.8 billion in the year, increasing by 2.8%.Import from the EU in June 2013 totaled 41.6% of all imports, compared with June 2012. Exports to the EU increased by 5.3% to $5.1 billion.Germany is the biggest importer of Turkish products, increasing imports 3.5-fold in June to $1.1 billion, followed by Iraq with $925 million, UK $605 million.

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Alexey Vlasov, Editor-in-Chief of Vestnik Kavkaza, said, commenting on the talks about formation of a free trade zone of the EU and Armenia concluded last week, that such deal was part of the association agreements of the EU and the Eastern Partnership. Such zone would simplify traffic of Armenian products to the EU market, he noted.

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Showman Sagatelyan in Yerevan

Armenian showman Mark Sagatelyan, a leader of the Yerevan Medical Institute KVN club, died at the Nairi Medical Center yesterday, News Armenia reports.He was planning to get treatment in Germany.Sagatelyan is a TV host, showman, actor. He was born on September 1, 1971. He starred in films, had shows on the Armenian television and was hosting the show awarding the TASHIR Premium.

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Baroque chapel in Italy restored thanks to grant of Kazakhstan

Thanks to a grant worth €1.7 million from the Government of Kazakhstan to Italy, the restoration of the ancient chapel of San Giuseppe dei Minimi, which was destroyed in 2009 during the earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, has been completed.Restoration works of the chapel, laid in 1646, lasted for 15 months, Lenta.ru reports with reference to The Art Newspaper.The interior of San Giuseppe dei Minimi, which is a part of the complex that also includes the Basilica of San Giuseppe Artidzhano, is made in the Baroque style.

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Chechnya to present projects at Dusseldorf

Chechnya will make a presentation of its investments projects at the 16th EXPOREAL in Munich and Dusseldorf in October 2013, chechnyatoday.com cites Abdula Magomadov, Chechen Minister for Economic Development and Trade.The Russian Embassy in Germany, Russian Trade Office and the Dusseldorf Trade and Industry Chamber will support the presentation. Chechnya focuses on tourism, recreation, construction industry, petrochemistry, agriculture, communications.

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Parlamentskaya Gazeta hosts talks on prospects of Russian-US relations

The Parlamentskaya Gazeta paper has hosted a round-table conference to discuss prospects and challenges of Russian-US relations. The talks were attended by Veronika Krasheninnikova, a member of the Russian Public Chamber and Director General of the Institute for Foreign Political Studies and Initiatives, Candidate of Political Sciences Alexander Bedritsky, deputy head of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, and Alexey Pilko, a senior scientist of the History Faculty of the MSU named after M.V. Lomonosov.

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The Russian government for a coordination council for promotion of the Russian language and culture abroad. The council will open centers to teach the Russian language and culture in Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Moldova, France, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cuba and China, RIA Novosti cites Vice Prime Minister Olga Golodets.Officials of the Russian parliament, Foreign Ministry, Ministry for Education and Sciences, Culture Ministry and Rossotrudnichestvo work at the coordination council, Golodets’s assistant Alexey Levchenko said.

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Germany is interested in "Eastern Partnership"

Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle believes that Europe without the "Eastern Partnership" program will be imperfect, so Germany is actively involved in the process.German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told journalists: “Germany is very much engaged in the Eastern Partnership, because we think Europe is not complete without a clear perspective for our eastern neighbors,” Civil.ge reports.A meeting of foreign ministers of the "Eastern Partnership" with the ambassadors of the European Union is currently taking place in Brussels. 

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei noted that the country had opportunities for further dialogue with the West, including the US, RIA Novosti reports.The supreme leader reminded that he had had no optimism in negotiations with the US and had excluded Iraq from the topics for discussions.Iran proposed continuation of talks with Russia, China, US, UK, France and Germany. Their previous round of talks was held in Alma Ata in April 2013.

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Suspected killer of Aslan Usoyan detained in Hungary

Criminal authority Merab Sukhumsky of the Kutaisskiye Gang has been caught at a hotel in Budapest as a suspect responsible for organizing murder of Aslan Usoyan, nicknamed Grandfather Hasan, RIA Novosti reports.He is suspected of crimes in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic and Lithuania.

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Expert says sanctions against Iran can be eased

A new round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the USA, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) devoted to the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme began in Brussels today. According to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the group is deeply concerned about the situation surrounding Iran's nuclear project and is looking forward to the results of the talks. VK discussed the issue with the head of the news agency's European bureau, Orkhan Sattarov.

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Georgiy Targamadze: "Territorial integrity of Georgia will remain a steadfast and enduring value"

By Georgiy Kalatozishvili Tbilisi, especially for Vestnik KavkazaGeorgian politicians are preparing for the presidential elections to be held on October 27. The leader of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Georgiy Targamadze, one of the candidates for the post of the President of Georgia, talked about his program for the further development of the country in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza. 

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"Six" to decide what to do with Iran on July 16

Michael Mann, the press secretary of the EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton said today that "the Six" negotiators intend to hold a meeting chaired by Ashton herself on the Iranian nuclear program on July 16 in Brussels.According to Mann, the representatives of Russia, China, USA, UK, France, and Germany will discuss "steps to be taken to solve the Iranian problem." "We are dedicated to real progress in the negotiations with (Iran)," RIA Novosti quotes his statement.

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Russia and Armenia form joint security system

 Alexander Iskandaryan, director of the Caucasus Institute, said that Russia and Armenia formed  security system based on common interest. Armenia has no other country to replace Russia in the light of Turkey’s being member of the NATO, unsettled Nagorno-Karabakh and lack of relations with Azerbaijan.

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Georgia to help Russia secure Sochi Olympic Games

 Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan), Transmashdizel (Russia) and General Electric (US) have started construction of a factory to manufacture 300 GEVO engines for locomotives annually. The factory will be launched in December 2014, Reuters reports.The engines will be used on Evolution locomotives. They will also be exported to Mongolia.Each company owns 33% of shares worth $100 million.8% of all train engines will be of national production in 2015. The figure will reach 51% in 2020.

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Kazakhstan to produce own locomotives

 Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan), Transmashdizel (Russia) and General Electric (US) have started construction of a factory to manufacture 300 GEVO engines for locomotives annually. The factory will be launched in December 2014, Reuters reports.The engines will be used on Evolution locomotives. They will also be exported to Mongolia.Each company owns 33% of shares worth $100 million.8% of all train engines will be of national production in 2015. The figure will reach 51% in 2020.

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Georgian speaker of parliament encourages restoration of OSCE mission

 Georgian Speaker of Parliament David Usupashvili said at the OSCE PA in Istanbul that Russia must not be allowed to block restoration of the OSCE mission in Georgia and reminded that the problem had been discussed the issue with president of the OSCE PA, his representatives in South Caucasus, delegations of the UK and Germany.The speaker believes that security could be improved by arrival of peacekeepers under the auspices of the OSCE.The final declaration of the OSCE PA will contain points on restoration of the mission and boost reintegration processes.

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