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In an interview with a Russian news agency, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, once again touched upon the so-called Iran’s nuclear problem (actually, instead of the word ‘problem’ Tehran has been using ‘Iran’s nuclear issue’). Mr. Gates repeatedly announced that Washington does not rule out any scenarios, including a military attack on Iran. The Pentagon chief stressed that the U.S. welcomes Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program but suggested that Iran had been seeking ways to produce nukes.

Russian President D. Medvedev's visit to China will certainly help clarify in what international settings Russia is going to put into practice its declared modernization course.

China's economic and political rise to which the economic downturn in industrialized countries added visibility is largely owed to Beijing's commitment to the strategy of modernization.

On 6th September reports emerged in Kyrgyzstan that drug mafia was getting prepared to smuggle 3 tons of drugs through the republic by means of armed invasion, similar to the one taking place during the war in Batken in 1999-2000, when each of the militants had 20-30 kg of drugs with him.

Turkey dropped Russia from its list of potentially threatening countries. Largely due to its support for the Kurdish resistance, the list used to include the USSR and subsequently Russia. As a country from the US orbit, Turkey was somewhat slow to assess the geopolitical landscape of the emerging multipolar world, but over the past several years Ankara started showing increasing interest in Moscow.

European governments are doing all they can to sustain the banking sector's customary profit margins, if necessary – at the expense of the general population. Social programs are sacrificed serially to stem mounting budget deficits. The actual result is that while the budgets are shrinking cash is flowing into the very banks which had provoked the financial crisis.

Although the Iraqi government had long been opposed to oil exports from Kurdistan, the region transported oil abroad relying on its own legislation.

A corresponding standard act has not been adopted yet, but over the past few years the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has signed a series of production sharing agreements with two dozens of foreign companies all over the world.

"In Yekaterinburg, controversy erupted around the decision of an international judge, which rehabilitated foul language, recognizing three popular words, "not as insults, but interjections." The headline of a small newspaper article, which quite possibly did not belong to the author, also sounds like a sentence: "No censorship! The theme justifies obscene language ". The third sentence, however, is for all of us, and lies in a profound summary: "Unfortunately, swearing in the Russian language has become so common, and the judge's decision only recorded a sad reality."

The context of this unusual story belongs to Gogol's style.

The unanticipated failure of the the September 5 constitutional referendum in Moldova came as a shock not only to the pro-Western faction of the country's elite but no less to the forces within the EU which hoped the vote would help push Russia out of the strategic Transnistria and weaken its positions in the Balkans – Black Sea - Caspian region.

After October 1 thousands of US military hackers and spies will get down to their cyber war activities.

The declarations for taking cyber defense measures can be heard more and more often in the US. US analysts state that information and communication networks, on which the national infrastructure depends on, are becoming vulnerable for cyber criminals.