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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha

Today Muslims around the world are celebrating the Festival of the Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, one of the most important holidays in the Muslim calendar.  On this day Muslims gather at a mosque for a common prayer and sacrifice an …

Azerbaijan marks National Salvation Day

Azerbaijan marks National Salvation Day

Azerbaijan marks the National Salvation Day on June 15. Azerbaijan gained independence in October 1991. The first years of the country's independence were characterized by the crisis within the country and in the government. …

Azerbaijani and Turkish Presidents hold phone talks

Azerbaijani and Turkish Presidents hold phone talks

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, according to the Azerbaijani presidential press service. The Turkish leader congratulated and extended his wishes …

Israel imposes complete lockdown ahead of Passover

Israel imposes complete lockdown ahead of Passover

The Israeli government tightened restrictions to contain spread of the coronavirus ahead of Jewish holiday of Passover which begins Wednesday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a complete shutdown will be imposed from …

China temporarily closes border with Kyrgyzstan

China temporarily closes border with Kyrgyzstan

China will temporarily close its border with Kyrgyzstan from 24 to 30 January 2020, the State Border Service of Kyrgyzstan said. The Torugart and Irkeshtam border crossing points will be closed by China in connection with …

Kazakhstan celebrating 28th anniversary of Independence

Kazakhstan celebrating 28th anniversary of Independence

The national day of Kazakhstan, Independence Day, is celebrated today in the republic. Twenty eight years ago, the Supreme Soviet of Kazakhstan passed the Constitutional Independence Law on December 16, 1991.  The holiday …

Rivlin invites Putin to Jerusalem

Rivlin invites Putin to Jerusalem

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the event dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland by the Red …

Three Istanbul bridges illuminated with Azerbaijani flag colors

Three Istanbul bridges illuminated with Azerbaijani flag colors

The July 15 Martyrs Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge in Istanbul were illuminated with the colors of the flag of Azerbaijan marking the 101st Anniversary of the Republic Day of Azerbaijan on May 27. …

Holy month of Ramadan begins

Holy month of Ramadan begins

Muslims throughout the world are ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Sunday evening, May 5.  The tradition began in the seventh century and commemorates the month when the Prophet Mohammed retreated to a cave …

Baku to host 10th Easter Charity Bazaar on April 16

Baku to host 10th Easter Charity Bazaar on April 16

The 10th Charity Easter Bazaar will be opened at the Russian Information and Cultural Center in Baku on April 16. It is co-organized by the Rossotrudnichestvo office in Azerbaijan and the Baku-Caspian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox …

 'Fire festival' celebrations turn into tragedy in Iran

'Fire festival' celebrations turn into tragedy in Iran

At least two people were killed in the nationwide 'fire festival' in Iran, according to state IRINN TV. In the celebrations of Chaharshanbe Suri, or the fire festival, also 1676 people have been injured so far. The …

Kazakh president extends Christmas greetings

Kazakh president extends Christmas greetings

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev extended his Christmas greetings to the Orthodox Christians of the country, according to the press service of Akorda. "Dear compatriots! Congratulations on the bright holiday …

Whole Turkey booked by Russians

Whole Turkey booked by Russians

There has been a surge in the demand for spending New Year holiday vacations in Turkey, some travel companies said about doubled number of bookings compared with the previous year, according to the statement, published on the website of the …