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Kazakh National Fund owned $68.9 billion in 2012

 The Kazakh National Fund had totaled $68.9 billion (34% of the GDP) in 2012, Minister for Economy Yerbolt Dosayev said today.The fund will not drop below 20% of the GDP.Kazakhstan passed the bill on guarantee of transfers from the fund for 2013-2015. It stabilizes income and budget expenses for economic stimulation. 

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Religious extremists detained in Kazakhstan

 Kazakh law enforcers have detained 12 people, including two Russians, involved in spreading religious literature at Kolovyortnoye in the Akzhaik District of Kazakhstan, Interfax reports.The police found about 20 religious works. The literature is being studied by experts. The police noted that locals had helped detain the violators. 

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 The scale of illegal migration in Kazakhstan annually reached 200-300thousand foreigners, the Minister of Economy and BudgetPlanning of the country Erbolat Dosayev said today."Combating illegal international migration will be one of the mainactivities of the government," Dosayev said.  According to officials, the Majilis introduced a draft law "Onamendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic ofKazakhstan on issues of labor migration", which provides for the

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 According to the UN, Azerbaijani population will rise from 9.5 million today to 11 million in 2050. Georgian population will drop from 4.5 million to 3.5 million, Armenian from 3.2 million to 3 million, APA reports.The population of Ukraine will drop from 45.5 million to 33 million, Belarus from 9.4 million to 7.5 million. Moldova population will drop.The 2 million population of Latvia will be reduced by 300,000. Population of Lithuania and Estonia will drop.

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 Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan will organize joint drills for special forces split into small groups, APA cites Tofig Gasymov, APA reports.The Anadolu training will be initiated according to a memorandum which will be signed by Tofig Gasymov, a military attaché of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. 

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EU cannot understand point of Eurasian Union

President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy said in Vilnius that he was familiar with members of the Eurasian Union, an integration project under formation, but he could not understand the point of the organization.

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Can Russia live under the principle of the Scythian brotherhood?

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Serbia awards orders to leaders of post-Soviet states

 Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has granted Orders of the Republic of Serbia for development and strengthening of cooperation and friendly ties to leaders of CIS states.Russian President Vladimir Putin got the first–rank order. Leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine got the second-rank orders. 

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The Telegraph published an article today entitled "Oscars 2013: Irandismisses Argo as 'advert for the CIA'.""The semi-official Mehr news agency called the Oscar "politicallymotivated" because First Lady Michelle Obama, from the White House,joined Jack Nicholson via video link in Los Angeles to help presentthe best film prize. Iran's state TV called the film "anadvertisement for the CIA." Iran's culture minister, MohammadHosseini, said Hollywood has "distorted history" as part of whatIranian officials call a "soft war" of cultural influence in Iran.

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Kazakhstan's lader meets with Saeed Jalili

Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with the Secretary of the Iranian NationalSecurity Council, Saeed Jalili, the press service of the President ofKazakhstan reports.The meeting was held on the eve of the next round of talks on Iran'snuclear program, which will be held in Almaty with the participationof representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plusGermany and Iran, Trend reports.Nazarbayev said that Kazakhstan plays an important role in globalnuclear security, and stressed that Kazakhstan hopes that the sides

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Kazakhstan to subsidize seed purchases with 450 million tenge

 The Kazakh authorities plan to grant 450 million tenge of subsidies for seed purchases, Trend cites Minister for Agriculture Asylzhan Mamytbekov.The price per ton of elite seeds reached 70,000 tenge this year. The upper limit of subsidies for their purchase increased from 19,500 tenge to 25,000 tenge.

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ITAR-TASS director general becomes head of CIS Information Council

 ITAR-TASS Director General Sergey Mikhailov has been elected unanimously as the head of the CIS Information Council. He will replace Vitaly Ignatenko who has been in charge of the council for 17 years.Baku is hosting the 16th session of the council today to discuss cooperation of information agencies, preparations for celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.Azerbaijan, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan are participating in the talks. 

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