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An Azerbaijani delegation headed by Chairman of the Association of World Turkic Youth Akram Abdullayev is visiting Turkey, 1news.az reports. The press service of the National Council of Youth Organizations of Azerbaijan said the purpose of the meeting is to develop and strengthen the close ties between the two countries, and to discuss the plans of future cooperation between the young generation of Turkey and Azerbaijan. The visit will last until February, 25, 2011

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The Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan and the Turkish companyMKEK have signed an agreement on joint production, APA reports.Under the agreement, Azerbaijan together with MKEK will be producegrenade launchers and machine guns such as MP-5 and ammunition on thebasis of the company's technologyThe agreement was signed at the Defense Exhibition IDEX -2011 in Abu-Dabi.

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The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) has launchedanother borehole at the shallow-water part of the Gunashli field inthe Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. The borehole was made bySOCAR-AQS, Trend reports.The new borehole was launched at the Gunashli-13 platform. It extracts152,000 cubic meters of gas and 20 tons of gas condensate daily, at aninterval of 3368-3350 meters.

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7 people died in an incident at an Azerbaijani military base at 09.40on February 20, a joint declaration of the Defense Ministry and themilitary prosecution of the republic says, Trend reports.A criminal case was initiated on article 120.2.7 (felonious murder oftwo or more people). The investigation group is taking all thenecessary measures to reveal the causes of the incident.The military source says that the incident occurred at a military basein Murovdag District (Geygel District).

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BP has doubled the evaluation of prices for the Nabucco gas pipelineto 14 billion euros, due to rising prices for raw constructionmaterials, especially iron ore, RIA Novosti cites The Guardian.The Nabucco project is aimed at transporting natural gas from theCaspian region to European states, by-passing Russia throughAzerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Austria.

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The CIS special services note the need to concentrate efforts onfighting cyber-terrorism, which uses flash mobs for its purposes, headof the CIS Counter-Terrorism Center Andrey Novikov said, RIA Novostireports.Terrorists are spreading their extremist ideas, promoting violence andrecruiting members via the Internet, Novikov said at a meeting inMoscow’s Odintsovo city, where heads of the CIS special services arehaving a meeting under the auspices of the CIS Counter-TerrorismCenter.

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US Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg will arrive in Bakufrom Tbilisi on February 24, Trend cites the US embassy as saying.A spokesman for the embassy said that Steinberg will be accompanied byAssistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon.The Armenian media, citing the press-secretary of the Armenian ForeignMinistry, Tigran Balayan, reported that the US delegation headed bySteinberg will also visit Armenia on February 23.

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The natural gas supply from the Caspian region to Europe will be increased over the next decade, BP Expert Greg Saunders said at 'The US Strategy in Southern Caucasus and the Caspian' conference held in the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington on Friday, Trend reports.

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Azerbaijan and Iran are cooperating closely in the field ofcommunications and information technology, the Iranian Minister forCommunications, Reza Tagipur, told a press conference in Baku,1news.az reports.The participants in the conference discussed Azerbaijan's plans forlaunching its own man-made space satellite, Azerspace, in 2012.

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The Iranian television channel "Seher-2" will stop broadcastinganti-Azerbaijani broadcasts in the near future, as they aredetrimental to bilateral relations between the two countries, theMinistry for Communications and Information Technology of Iran, RezaTagipur Anbar, told reporters on a visit to Baku, vesti.az reports.The Iranian minister noted that television and radio companies in Iranare independent of the government and are not subject to the ministry.However, necessary censorship will be carried out in order to support

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The Asian Development Bank invested $600-700 million in Azerbaijani economy, spokesman of the bank Olli Noroyono said at the Caspian-European Integration Business Club forum on investment projects in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.Azerbaijan received $11.5 million in form of grants in 1999-2009 as support.The Asian Development Bank provided $1.11 of grants on financing 92 projects, credits worth a total of $13.23 million and technical support worth $267.2 million.

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Mehriban Aliyev, the first lady of Azerbaijan, president of the HeydarAliyev Fund, goodwill ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, parliamentarydeputy, has met the French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterand at aceremony of the 20th anniversary of Azerbaijani Independence in Paris,AzerTAG reports.Mitterand noted in his speech that knowledge of Azerbaijan expands allthe time with documentaries and advertising giving good information ontourism in Azerbaija.

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Ukraine plans to activate its membership in the Commonwealth ofIndependent States, President Victor Yanukovych said at a meeting withSergey Lebedev, Executive Secretary of the CIS, UKRINFORM reports.Ukraine has proposals for activating trade-economic cooperation in theCIS. Yanukovych emphasized that coping with the repercussions of theglobal recession is a topical goal. The states need to work on newreforms and switch to innovative-investment model of development, hesaid.

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Iranian Minister of Communication Rza Tagipur said at a meeting withhis Azerbaijani counterpart, Ali Abbas, in Baku that he is satisfiedwith cooperation in information and communication technologies andnoted prospects of expanding the cooperation in mail, Internet andother services, Trend reports.

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The new stadium at Boyuk Shor District of Baku will hold 65,000spectators, Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Ragimov saidon Thursday, Trend reports.The first project was similar to the Paris stadium called Stade deFrance. The project was worth 300 million mantas. The new project wascheaper.The stadium will have an elevator system and a special system ofseats. The racetrack will allow additional seats to be installed ifneeded.

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President Ilham Aliyev received today  Matthew Bryza, the newly appointed Ambassador of the US to Azerbaijan, the state news agency AzerTac reports.The diplomat presented his credentials to President Ilham Aliyev. The President congratulated the Ambassador on his appointment and wished him success in his work. During their meeting they discussed the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the U.S.

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