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Kazakhstan will have military drills in the Caspian Sea, News Azerbaijan reports.The drills include imitation of motorboat attacks, use of weapons of mass destruction, searches for landmines and rescue missions.

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Stanislav Cherniavskiy calls for a "Caucasian Four'' to be recreated

Today the director of the Center for Post-Soviet Studies, Ph.D in History, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy of the second class Stanislav Cherniavskiy met with reporters and appealed to parliamentarians to recreate the "Caucasian Four'', in which the speakers of the parliaments could discuss various pressing issues.''Moreover, it makes sense to promote the role of the Interparliamentary Assembly, especially in regards to the problems with Georgia,'' the newspaper Parlamentskaya Gazeta quotes Cherniavskiy.

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Vladimir Sazhin: Putin's visit to Iran is worthy of study in the Institute of International Relations

On Wednesday, the Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi announced that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani will meet for the first time in September at the SCO summit. Thus, the Iranian diplomat put an end to the specualtions around Putin's visit to Iran in August. Vestinik Kavkaza asked the senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, political scientist Vladimir Sazhin to comment on the situation.

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Interpol informs Kazakhstan about detention of Ablyazov

The French bureau of Interpol informed Kazakhstan about detention of Mukhtar Ablyazov, ex-shareholder and head of the board of directors of the BTA Bank, in France, RIA Novosti reports.The official was detained near Cannes. Kazakhstan suspects him of financial violations worth over $6 billion.

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Kazakhstan reduces illegal petroleum trade

The Financial Police Agency of Kazakhstan reduced illegal petroleum trade in January-June 2013, Trend reports.Transfers of illegal oil to the Atyrau refinery has dropped from 300,000 to 1,500 tons this year.

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Tsarnayev’s supporters do not admit guilt

Azamat Tajaiakov and Dias Kadyrbayev from Kazakhstan have not admitted destruction of evidence about Jokhar Tsarnayev’s involvement in the Boston Marathon blast, RIA Novosti reports.The first hearings will take place on August 12.

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US embassies will start issuing five-year visas to skills specialists, diplomats, tourists, businessmen and students of Kazakhstan on August 1, 2013, the US Consulate General in Kazakhstan reports.Such visas will cost $160.

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14 presidents to attend inauguration of Iran’s Rouhani

Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan), Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov (Turkmenistan), Serzh Sargsyan (Armenia) and 11 other presidents, prime ministers of Swaziland and Syria, Speakers of Parliament Kim Yong-nam, Oktay Asadov (Azerbaijan) and speakers of Algeria, Congo and Oman will arrive for inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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Georgian wine exports grow 25%

At a meeting today with reporters in the framework of the project "The Government of Georgia for open government", the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Shalva Pipia, reported on the achievements of his department.According to him, exports of Georgian wine rose nearly 25%, with the top five importing countries being Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia and Poland.

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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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UN Secretariat approves Strategy of sustainable energy of future for Kazakhstan

The UN Secretariat has approved the concept of the 'Strategy of sustainable energy of future Kazakhstan till 2050', the press service of the Astana Economic Forum organizing committee reported on Monday, Trend reports."The developers of the 'Strategy of sustainable energy of future Kazakhstan till 2050' held a series of meetings with the employees of UN Secretariat and the UN Secretary General's office, which resulted in approval of Kazakhstan's decision on developing a national energy strategy," press service said.

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Ablyazov’s family may return to Italy

The family of Mukhtar Ablyazov, chairman of the board of BTA Bank of Kazakhstan suspected of violations worth over $6 billion, may gain permission to return to Italy, RIA Novosti cites Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov.Ablyazov’s wife Alma Shalabayeva is currently in Alma Ata and has no permission to leave the city.

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