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New Georgian government to focus on de-occupation

 Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze said that the main goals of Georgian foreign policy were de-occupation, development of strategic partnership with the US, improvement of relations with Russia, Trend reports.She emphasized that the population had chosen European integration and the process was inevitable. 

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Azerbaijan makes tectonic map

The Geological Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan has made a tectonic map and systemized materials of the Greater Caucasus.Research was made according to the DARIUS 2009-2013 project with assistance of the EU, South Caucasus, Middle East and Russia.Director of the Geological Institute said that specialists of South Caucasus, Russia and Switzerland took part in making the map. The project was financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation within the framework of the SCORES program.

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USS John Stennis enters Persian Gulf

 The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John Stennishas left the Arabian Sea and entered the PersianGulf through the Strait of Hormuz. According to the news service of the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier is now anchored at the portof Debeli Ali in the UAE. 

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Russian drug lord Gulmamadov caught in UAE

 Russian drug lord Atobek Gulmamadov was caught in the UAE. The Russian Federal Drug Control Service, Interpol, local Interior Ministry, US Drug Control Department, Kazakh National Security Committee, Belarusian Interior Ministry organized a special operation to detain the suspect.His drug cartel had over 900kg of heroin confiscated, 400kg of the portion were under control of Gulmamadov.The Tajik native had Russian citizenship. He visited Russia twice in 2012 to boost heroin trafficking. 

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Federation Council of Russia passes Dmitry Yakovlev bill

 The Federation Council of Russia has passed the Dmitry Yakovlev bill unanimously with 143 votes.The bill bans adoption of Russian children by US families. It was passed by the lower chamber of parliament on December 21 in response to the Magnitsky bill passed in the US. 

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Murderer of US instructor in Kabul identified

Murderer of 49-year-old US veteran Joseph Griffin in Kabul on Monday has been identified as a female of Iranian origin.She was planning murders at the Afghan Interior Ministry. She married a high-ranking official of the ministry and received an Afghan ID illegally.

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The White House has been flooded with tens of thousands of requests to blacklist Russian officials supporting a ban on US adoptions of Russian children amid an escalating diplomatic feud, RIA-Novosti reports.A petition asking the White House to slap sanctions on Russian legislators who vote for the adoption ban - which was approved by Russia’s lower house of parliament last week - had collected more than 52,000 signatures as of Monday morning according to RIA-Novosti/

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Georgian PM to visit US in spring

 Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said that he may visit the US in March-April. He will visit Baku on December 26, Yerevan on January 17.A visit is planned to Turkey. 

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US threatens to put Putin on Magnitsky list

 US legislators want to put Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Magnitsky list for signing the Dmitry Yakovlev bill (a ban on adoption of Russian children by US families), Gazeta.ru reports.2045 signatures have been given to the petition. It needs a total of 25,000. 

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In two hours, almost 6,000 people signed a petition to make Russian lawmakers, who voted in favor of the US adoptions ban, accountable under the Magnitsky Act.The petition says lawmakers of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, who approved the ban in the third and final reading on Friday, have “breached all imaginable boundaries of humanity, responsibility, or common sense and chose to jeopardize lives and well-being of thousands of Russian orphans.”

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Russia passes Dmitry Yakovlev bill

 420 MPs have passed the Dmitry Yakovlev bill in response to the Magnitsky bill of the US. 7 MPs voted against it and 1 abstained.The Dmitry Yakovlev bill forbids US families to adopt Russian children. Agencies selecting children will be closed. The document denounces Russian-US agreements on adoption of under-aged children.The bill bans non-commercial US organizations involved in politics and threatening Russian interests. 

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