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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree adjusting thecountry's visa regime. The Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Bakuhas ceased issuing visas to foreign citizens.Entry visas used to be issued at the airport. Now foreigners will haveto receive visas before arriving at the airport.The law does not concern citizens of Turkey, where Azerbaijan hasdiplomatic missions, and Israel, where Azerbaijan has no diplomaticmissions, the head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Ministry ofForeign Affairs, Elkhan Polukhov, said.

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The Central Electoral Committee (CEC) of Azerbaijan has startedstudying the final protocols and complaints from district electoralcommissions, the head of the CEC's press service, Azer Sariyev, said,Vestnik Kavkaza reports from Baku.The CEC will view all the protocols within 20 days (November 27) afterthe elections and prepare documents for presentation to theConstitutional Court within 48 hours. The court will be checking thedocuments together with experts for 10 days.

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The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has expressed its opinion on thestatement issued by the US State Department in connection with theparliamentary elections held in the country on the 7th of November.APA informs that the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairsreceived the statement with a sense of wonder and regret. "The StateDepartment said that the Parliamentary elections held on the 7th ofNovember in Azerbaijan were not carried out in accordance withinternational standards. The statement makes references to the

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The official opening of the Baku International Theatre Conference tookplace today at the National Academic Theatre, with the support of theMinistry of Culture and Tourism. The conference started its work onthe 8th of November and is dedicated to the problems of moderntheatre.APA reports that the conference was attended by over 70 theatreprofessionals from 30 countries.The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Abulfaz Garayev, noted in hisspeech at the conference that theatre in Azerbaijan has long

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Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Manuchehr Mottaki said thatcooperation between Caspian states has expanded, Trend reports.Mottaki was speaking at the 27th session for preparation of theconvention on the legal status of the Caspian. Special representativesof presidents of the Caspian states and deputy ministers of foreignaffairs were at the session, Mehrnews reports.

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World press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 9, 2010)

The Washington Post has recently published an article headlined "UN can't say Iran's nuke program is peaceful". The author reports that the U.N. nuclear chief has said on Monday that he still can't confirm that all aspects of Iran's nuclear program are peaceful; he has also expressed serious concern at North Korea's refusal to allow the return of nuclear inspectors. Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has called upon Iran to fully implement all resolutions of the IAEA board of governors and the U.N. Security

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Azerbaijan celebrates Day of State Flag

Azerbaijan is celebrating the Day of the State Flag for the first time on Tuesday. On November 17, 2009 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree making November 9 the Day of the State Flag.

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev took part in the majorreconstruction of the 28-45 kilometre section of the road from Baku tothe Russian state border, AzerTag reports.Transport Minister Ziya Mamedov informed President Ilham Aliyev aboutthe technical features of the road. The four-line road is 17 km long,its asphalt is 15 m wide and 23 cm thick. The traffic strip is 5 mwide. The sideways are 3.75 m wide. 200 units of engineering and up to300 people were involved in reconstruction. Foreign specialists were

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The parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan on November 7 took place ina peaceful atmosphere, and all opposition parties took part in theelections, the Council of Europe says, Trend reports.50.14% of Azerbaijani population (2,480 205,citizens) took part in theelection process. There were 690 candidates.

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Minsk will host a session of an expert group to view the project ofthe plan for the social and demographic policy of the Commonwealth ofIndependent States (CIS).The scheme involves the establishment of a complex mechanism toprotect the social rights of the population, including economic,political, legal, administrative instruments and allowing the sides tominimize violations of human rights.

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OSCE summit to become an important basis for a better level of dialogue between Yerevan and Baku

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The Azerbaijani Central Electoral Commission (CEC) today held aregular meeting under the chairmanship of Mazahir Panahov with themedia, the press service of the CEC reports.The participants in the meeting reviewed the allocations received inconnection with the Azerbaijani parliamentary elections held onSunday. Other current issues were also focused on at the meeting.The parliamentary elections were held in Azerbaijan on the 7th of November.Voter turnout amounted to 50.14 percent (2,480,205 voters). 690

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The Special Representative of the President of Iran on the CaspianSea, Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, announced today that in determiningthe legal status of the Caspian Sea, Iran will rely on the agreementsbetween Iran and the Soviet Union signed from 1921 to 1940, APAreports, citing the Mehr news agency.He also said that Iran encourages everyone to act according to theirconscience in the discussions of the legal status of the Caspian Sea.He stressed that until now Iran has been acting in a certain

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