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Caspian summit to be held in December

Baku will host a presidential summit involving five Caspian countries (Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan) in December. Ramin Mekhmanparast said the sides will discuss the distribution of the Caspian Sea bed and determine the sea's status.

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The Azerbaijani parliament has approved three new members of theCentral Electoral Committee (CEC), Trend reports.The three candidates are Mikail Ragimov (People's Front of AzerbaijaniUnity party), Gulyagi Aslanly (independent), Arif Mukhtarov(independent).Deputy Panakh Guseyni expressed his discontent with the refusal tohave members of the opposition in the in CEC.

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The construction of Azerbaijani mosques is mainly financed by Kuwaitand Turkey, Trend reports, citing a statement by the head of the statecommittee for religious structures Gigayat Orudzhev.Kuwait has built 73 mosques in Azerbaijan, Turkey - 21, Saudi Arabia -1, he said.Orudzhev said that Azerbaijan built many mosques in the 1990s, butsome of them were built illegally. No legal mosques have beendemolished, he said. The authorities will continue taking down illegalmosques, he added.

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The interior minister of Azerbaijan, Ramil Usubov, has met with the director of the OSCE observers' group, Audrey Glover, Trend reports.The minister informed Ms Glover about the activities being carried out to maintain security during the elections.Audrey Glover thanked the minister for the information and the activities aimed at keeping order during the elections. 

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The intergovernmental Azerbaijani-Ukrainian commission on economic cooperation discussed cooperation in the defence and technologyl sectors and in the sphere of space technology, Trend reports."Kiev and Baku have agreed on joint production of new products for other countries, first vice-premier of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyubov said. Agreements were also made on Azerbaijani oil deliveries to Ukraine and cooperation in the energy, agricultural and cultural spheres.

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Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev has welcomed a delegation headedby the Executive Director of BP Robert Dudley, AzerTag reports.Aliyev noted the long cooperation between Azerbaijan and BP. He gavehigh rating to the work of BP in Azerbaijan and expressed gratefulnessto the former Executive Director of BP Tony Hayward for improvingcooperation.

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PACE on Wednesday urged Armenia to return the bodies of AzerbaijaniWarrant Officer Mubariz Ibragimov and officer Farid Ahmedov toAzerbaijan, Trend reports.The document was prepared by a member of the Azerbaijani delegation toPACE, Ganira Pashayeva.The document was signed by deputies of a numberof EU countries.

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Caspian countries to discuss status of Caspian sea in Tehran

At the end of October a meeting of the five Caspian countries will take place. The status of the Caspian sea will be defined, the Iranian news agency ISNA reports. Representatives of Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will participate in the meeting to work on a Convention of the status of the sea.

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A working round-table discussion devoted to the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Russian poet Sergei Yesenin took place at the Russian information and cultural center in Baku, 1news.az reports, citing the press-service of the center.Members of the literature association "Sodruzhestvo", the Writers' Union of Azerbaijan, representatives of Russian organizations and members of the Moscow writers' organization, Khaidar Bedretdinov and Sabir Abdulla, participated in the meeting.

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Azerbaijan has developed a plan to prevent and clear oil spills,Azerbaijani Emergencies Minister Kemaleddin Heydarov said at the KazEnergy forum in Astana. A special emergency and rescue service isoperating as part of the ministry.The minister"s report on the cooperation of the Caspian states inpreventing oil spills was presented as part of a section on thelessons of the the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, Trend reports.

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Azerbaijan has developed a plan to prevent and clear oil spills,Azerbaijani Emergencies Minister Kemaleddin Heydarov said at the KazEnergy forum in Astana. A special emergency and rescue service isoperating as part of the ministry.The minister"s report on the cooperation of the Caspian states inpreventing oil spills was presented as part of a section on thelessons of the the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, Trend reports.

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