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Russia opposes calls for Assad to resign

Russia opposes calls for Assad to resign

Russia does not support calls by the U.S. and EU member states for Syrian President Bashar Assad's resignation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday

Moscow State University builds observatory in Karachay-Cherkessia

Moscow State University builds observatory in Karachay-Cherkessia

Over 550 million rubles will be spent on construction of an observatory of the Astronomic University of Sternberg of the Moscow State University in 2 years in Karachay-Cherkessia at an altitude of 2,100 meters

Armenian authorities support tycoons

Armenian authorities support tycoons

 Mayor of Yerevan decides to take down all stalls

Paata Zakareishvili: Georgia should meet Abkhazia halfway

Paata Zakareishvili: Georgia should meet Abkhazia halfway

 A famous Caucasus scholar, Mamuka Areshidze, has called on Georgian society to discuss the conditions of possible recognition of Abkhazian independence

Dagestan to receive federal support for investment projects and counter-terrorism programs

Dagestan to receive federal support for investment projects and counter-terrorism programs

The contracts signed at the first Dagestani economic forum are worth a total of 50 billion rubles, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting with Dagestani Leader Magomedsalam Magomedov at the Bocharov Ruchey Residence in Sochi.

Medvedev urges schools to raise cultural tolerance

Medvedev urges schools to raise cultural tolerance

It's very important for schools, especially those situated in multinational regions of the country, to raise tolerance among students, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting on education held in Adygeya

Russian and Turkish presidents to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh peace process

Russian and Turkish presidents to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh peace process

Turkish President Abdullah Gul will discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh problem with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Azerbaijani “Rainbow” for Chechen children

Azerbaijani “Rainbow” for Chechen children

 A youth camp named “Rainbow” was opened this summer in the Azerbaijani village of Nabran

Kurulay: “I had to work hard to design halal clothes”

Kurulay: “I had to work hard to design halal clothes”

 It’s very important to pay attention to your inner world during the holy month of Ramadan. It’s necessary to observe the fast, to improve your life, to avoid sins, but it’s also very important to be dressed in a proper way. VK correspondent Olesya Pelageina asked Kazakh fashion designer Kurulay to say a few words about how a Muslim woman can dress.

Syrian president ceases operations against protesters

Syrian president ceases operations against protesters

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that operations against protesters had stopped.

Suspicious political consultants used in Abkhazia

Suspicious political consultants used in Abkhazia

Abkhazia will hold early presidential polls on August 26, due to the death of President Sergey Bagapsh. Candidates Alexander Ankvab, Raul Hajimba and Sergey Shmba agreed on fair elections.

World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (August 16-17, 2011)

On August 16 the New York Times published an article headlined "TurkeyWarns Syria to Stop Crackdown." According to the author of thearticle, Anthony Shadid, the comments by the Turkish foreign minister,Ahmet Davutoglu, who visited the Syrian capital Damascus just lastweek, were the latest addition to a semantic exercise in diplomaticambiguity, as the United States, European countries, Turkey and

CIS Foreign Minister Council to review report

The Foreign Minister Council of CIS will review a project of the report summing up the organizations achievements over the 20 years of its existence

Terrorist threat warning issued in North Ossetia

Terrorist threat warning issued in North Ossetia

The official press-service of the Head of North Ossetia issued today a warning to the general population stating the possibility of terrorist attacks during commemorative events devoted to the tragic events in Beslan in 2004, RIA Novosti reports.

Transparent” and “legal” are not the same

"Transparent” and “legal” are not the same

Can Russia's accession to the WTO become a point of contact in Georgian-Russian relations?

Primaries: Caucasian style

Primaries: Caucasian style

 About three months are left before the elections to the Duma and a little more than six months to go before the presidential elections

Iran and Russia to cooperate in the sphere of defence

Iran and Russia to cooperate in the sphere of defence

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said today that Russia is interested in prolonged partnership with Iran and bilateral cooperation in the sphere of defense

Ingush tourism has 100 facilities worth 40 billion rubles

Ingush tourism has 100 facilities worth 40 billion rubles

Ingushetia is actively preparing documents for the Ministry for Regional Development to have the republic put on the list of tourism and recreation zones of the North Caucasus, Ingush Leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said today.

Abkhazia election caign gains pace

Abkhazia election campaign gains pace

Abkhazia will hold elections in 10 days. Sukhumi hosted a presentation of an interview of former Georgian Defense Minister Tengiz Kitovani to Moskovskaya Pravda. The minister said that Acting President Alexander Ankvab worked for the Georgian special services and provided them with information on Abkhaz armed forces.

Merkel and Sarkozy to discuss euro

Merkel and Sarkozy to discuss euro

The euro exchange rate in relation to dollars increased this Monday due to the meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nikolas Sarkozy.