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The first tank biathlon competitions have started in Alabino (Moscow) today, initiated by Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, RIA Novosti cites Army General Arkady Bakhin, Deputy Defense Minister.The competition is dedicated to the Prokhorovka Battle. Tank groups of Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will make three rushes of 18.3km using T-72B tanks.

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11 countries attend police drills in Turkey

11 countries, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Albania, Mongolia and Uzbekistan, have sent a total of 218 police officers for drills in Turkey, Trend reports.The drills have been held by the Agency for International Cooperation and Coordination of Turkey annually since 2007.

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5 dead in car accident in Kazakhstan

Five people died in a head-to-head collision of two cars on the 100th km of the Astana Kiyevka Highway in the Akmoli Region of Kazakhstan last night, Interfax reports.The police assume that one of the drivers lost control of the vehicle and hit an oncoming car.

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Kazakhstan bans imports of Fonterra products

The sanitation service of Kazakhstan has banned the import and sale of food products of New Zealand's Fonterra company, the press service of the Ministry of Health said."The Chief Medical Officer of Kazakhstan has adopted a resolution to ban the import and sales of food products produced by Fonterra, ITAR-TASS quotes the news release.

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Kazakh assistant prime minister dies in car accident

Vissarion Kim, deputy head of Kazakhstan Engineering and part-time Assistant Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, died in a car accident on the Almaty-Yekaterinburg Highway in the Karaganda Region at about 6.00 pm yesterday, News Kazakhstan reports.Kim lost control of the vehicle.

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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will attend the 3rd summit of the Council of Turkic-Speaking States in Qabala (Azerbaijan) on August 16, Tengrinews cites Bolat Sadykov, a member of the Presidential Service for Central Communications.The Turkic Council was formed in 2009 and consists of Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

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Over 1 million tourists visited Georgia in January-June

The number of visitors in Georgia in January-June 2013 increased by 26%, compared with the same period of 2012, and totaled 2,799,910, News Georgia reports.The number of tourists increased by 21.4% to 1,085,378 (39% of all foreign visitors), people transiting by 59% to 564,508 (20% of all visitors), others by 18% to 148,024 (41%).The number of visits in July 2013 increased by 15.6% to 609,189, compared with the same month in 2012.

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Ex-head of BTA Bank arrested for 40 days

The Aix-en-Provence Court arrested Mukhtar Ablyazov, ex-head of BTA Bank (Kazakhstan) accused of financial violations worth over $6 billion, for 40 days on August 1, Interfax cites Kazakh Prosecutor General Nurdaulet Suindikov.He is detained at Luynes. Ablyazov was caught near Cannes on July 31.

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RIA Novosti hosts talks on Five-Day War of South Ossetia

RIA Novosti is hosting a round-table conference in Moscow today to discuss five years that have passed since the Five-Day War in South Ossetia. Experts will discuss the past events and prospects of relations between Georgia, a state that will have presidential polls in October, Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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Kazakhstan to achieve extradition of ex-head of BTA Bank

Kazakhstan is doing its best to achieve extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, ex-head of the board of directors of BTA Bank detained at Cannes (France) on July 31), RIA Novosti cites Kazakh Prosecutor General Nurdaulet Suindikov..Ablyazov is suspected of financial violations worth over $6 billion.

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Kazakhstan, US, UK to have Steppe Eagle military drills

Kazakhstan, US, UK will have the Steppe Eagle military drills on August 10 within the framework of the Kazakh-NATO individual action plan and cooperation (signed on January 31, 2006), Trend cites Altay Abibullayev, spokesman of the presidential service for central communications.The states will train peacekeeping missions and improve skills of soldiers.

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Kazcosmos subsidiary president charged with bribe-taking

Gabdulatif Murzakulov, President of Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary, has been detained for lobbying for Kulager during the tender for spaceship construction complex worth about $100 million, ITAR-TASS reports.According to investigators, he received a bribe worth $272,000 and 75.3 million tenge from Asylbekov, an official of Yegenbayev, head of the board.

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