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Azerbaijan and Iran have inked two Memoranda of Understanding on mutual cooperation in management of water resources in the Caspian Sea, Trend reports. The agreements were signed during a five-day visit to Baku by the head of Iran's Water Research Institute, Mohammad Riyahi, and the head of Iran's Caspian Sea National Research Center, Homayoun Khoshravan.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has made a telephone call toAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Medvedev’s official site says.The presidents exchanged New Year wishes. They expressed withsatisfaction with the positive achievements in Russian-Azerbaijanities. They discussed their plans for contact in the coming year.

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The Azerbaijani Cabinet has approved the charter and structure of thejoint-stock company Azercosmos. Its shares belong to the government,Trend cites the Cabinet.According to the charter, the main goal of the company is launchingAzerbaijani satellites, their management and exploitation. The companywill also provide Internet, TV, radio photography, navigation andother services.The charter capital will be 40 million manats, with each share worth anotional value of 20 manats.

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The Azerbaijani parliament has urged the US Senate to approve the newambassador to Azerbaijan, Vice-Speaker Bakhar Muradov said, Trendreports.He said that the dragging out of approval of the ambassador will notaffect relations between the two countries.The US embassy in Azerbaijan has had no head since the terms of AnneJersey expired in July last year.US President Barack Obama proposed the candidature of the co-chair ofthe OSCE Minsk Group, Matthew Bryza, to head the US embassy inAzerbaijan.

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Azerbaijani Airlines will receive two Airbus-320 airplanes at 15.00today, the head of the company’s press-service Magerram Safarali said,Trend reports.Safarali said that the company will have a total of six airplanes:four Airbus-320s and two Airbus-319s. Two Airbus-320s will arrivetoday, two more in January 2011 and the remaining Airbus-319s willarrive in the first quarter of 2011.Safarali said that the purchase was made using a credit. The planeswere produced in 2007.

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Azerbaijan concludes 2010

Azerbaijani President Alham Aliyev’s birthday coincides with the end of the year. He celebrates his 49th birthday. Alexey Vlasov, Editor-in-Chief of Vestnik Kavkaza and deputy dean of the History Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University, spoke about Azerbaijan’s coping with the repercussions of the world recession in 2010 in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Independent Newspaper).

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The roof of the traumatological hospital in the center of Baku inSabail District is on fire, Trend cites a police station in SabailDistrict.Four fire groups are putting it out. There is no information aboutvictims or injuries.A member of the Emergencies Ministry said that the fire-fighters aretaking measures to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby houses.Additional fire groups were called in to extinguish the fire, thereare 15 additional groups.

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A major fire broke out last night on the territory of SOCAR (the StateOil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic) in the village of Garachukhurin the Surakhan District of Baku, ANS reports.Witnesses say that the fire was preceded by several explosions. Itcovers 1,200 square meters and spread to nearby houses.Fire-fighters from nearby districts aided in putting the fire out.They prevented it from spreading.No one was injured.

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Oktay Hagverdiev: “No problems with economic growth”

Oktay Hagverdiev, ex-Head of the Economics and Finance Department under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers and distinguished statesman sums up Azerbaijan’s financial year for VK.- What was the 2010 economic year like for Azerbaijan?- All in all, it was a successful one. We didn’t experience any of the consequences of the crisis; we have economic growth and financial stability. People’s incomes are rising faster than inflation. Compared to many other countries, our situation is much better; government policies are aimed at social and economic stability.

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8 new documents were produced in 2010 on the legal basis of Belarusian-Azerbaijani relations, and now amount to 61 international agreements, 1news.az cites the press service of the Belarusian embassy in Baku.9 other projects are being actively worked on in various spheres of cooperation.

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Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran will combat terrorism together, Trend reports, referring to the Turkish IA ANKA. An agreement was reached at a trilateral meeting of the countries' foreign ministers in Istanbul today, as part of the OEC summit there. The sides lso decided to continue talks on combatting arms- and people-trafficking. 

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11th ECO summit in Istanbul

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signed over chairmanship of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) to Turkish President Abdullah Gul at the 11th summit of the organization in Istanbul.

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Azerbaijan is celebrating Solidarity Day on December 31. Azerbaijaniand Turkish youth plan a joint climb of Mount Agry-Dag to celebratethe occasion. The initiative came from the Azerbaijani and Turkishministers of youth and sport, Azad Ragimov and Yunus Akgul, Trendreports.Ragimov proposed a bicycle run from Nakhchyvan to Turkey’s Igdyr Province.Ragimov noted that sportsmen may take part in joint training inspecial centers and the recently-opened Olympic sports center ‘Kur’.

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Members of the Eastern Partnership programme play an important role inthe EU's energy security. This is why the EU summit, to be held inFebruary, and the Eastern Partnership summit, scheduled for May 2011,are logically interconnected, the President of the European CouncilHerman Van Rompuy told the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.UKRINFORM received the text of his speech from the EU Council.

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