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Dagestanis gather for Mashuk-2011

The Mashuk-2011 summer camp has started operating in the North Caucasus. Diana Oleynik, coordinator of the camp and chief specialist of the youth policy expert committee of Dagestan, gave details about the camp.

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The Guardian informs its readers that Iran's minister of cultural and Islamic guidance has attacked an upcoming BBC2 documentary series on the life of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad, saying the "enemy" was attempting to "ruin Muslims' sanctity".

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Budget Address of Russian President

Today the presidential web-site published the Budget Address.President Medvedev ordered the development of proposals on the decentralization of duties, including the tax sphere and the sphere of inter-budget relations between federal, regional and municipal levels of the authority by December 1st.Medvedev considers increasing tax duty for gas sector is necessary. The authorities of Russia discuss differentiation of the tax on natural resources production from 2012. For the companies, which own infrastructure, the tax can be increased in two times.

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A chance for Shamba

Moscow is most likely to support Abkhaz PM Serqey Shamba during upcoming elections

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Khloponin on prospects of North Caucasus

Deputy premier and envoy of the president of Russia in the North Caucasus Federal District Alexander Khloponin gave an interview to the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper on the problems of the region. Khloponin considers that the North Caucasus has unique conditions for production of ecologically pure products. “Agricultural producing complex is very promising direction. The North Caucasus has unique conditions for growing grape. We should do our best to sale ecologically pure production under a brand of the North Caucasus in Russia and abroad,” he said.

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Art of embroidery

Needlework is one of the most favored traditional women's craft among the people of the North Caucasus.

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CIS anniversary exhibition opens in Moscow

An international exhibition devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Commonweath of Independent States is to be held in Moscow on June 28 - July 3. The exhibition is taking place in the All-Russian Exhibition Center's pavilion 75. The exhibition is entitled "20 years of the CIS. Looking for new prospects for cooperation,"

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The Washington Post reported that a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander claimed on Tuesday that his country has the ability to produce even longer range missiles than those currently in its arsenal. The remarks came as Iran is conducting 10 days of war games, its latest show of military force amid a standoff with the West over the country’s controversial nuclear program. The missiles, he said, were specifically designed for Israeli and U.S. targets. Iran’s known missiles of such range are the Shahab-3 and the Sajjil. Iran considers Israel and United States its top enemies.

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Kazakhstan takes chairmanship of reforming OIC

Kazakhstan has taken the chairmanship of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to Tajikistan. Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov has taken chairmanship at the 38th session of the OIC council of foreign ministers today.

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Russia celebrates Youth Day

Russia needs to develop a systematic approach to promoting youth andsolving their problems, the head of the Ministry of Sport, Tourism andYouth Policy, Vitaly Mutko, said today at a meeting with leaders ofyouth associations, dedicated to the celebration of Youth Day.

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The Washington Post reported on the story of Nader Modanlo, growing up in a provincial town in Iran. As a teenager, he came to the United States, where he earned degrees in aerospace engineering, became a U.S. citizen and co-founded a pioneering satellite telecommunications company that at one point was worth up to $500 million. Modanlo’s company is bankrupt, his U.S. and Iranian passports have been confiscated and a federal judge has ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet while he sleeps.

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OIC to change name and symbol

The Organization of the Islamic Conference will host a session for foreign ministers in Astana on Tuesday to discuss a new name and symbol for the organization.

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The eventual failure of the Kazan trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian Presidents surprised many observers

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