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The deputy chairman of the ruling party 'Yeni Azerbaijan' (PYA) AliAhmedov expressed confidence that unlisted PYA candidates for theparliamentary elections will change their decision, Trend reports.PYA published the list of candidates according to electoral districts.Some members of the party decided to put themselves forward ascandidates without being on the party list.Ahmedov said that such facts will not cast a shadow on the successfulrealization of the electoral campaign of such large party as PYA.

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The Azerbaijani and Georgian ministers of foreign affairs ElmarMammadyarov and Grigol Vashadze have met in New York within theframework of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, Trendreports.They discussed the current state of bilateral relations, energyprojects and perspectives and the upcoming visit of Mammadyarov toGeorgia, a statement by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairssaid.

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The South African company 'Paramount Group' plans to invest $1 billion by 2015 to improve production in Azerbaijan and India, APA reports,citing the president of the company Ivor Ichikovits at a presentationof engineering in Cape Town.In an interview with 'Reuters' Ichikovits said that his company viewsIndia as a perspective market and is cooperating with the Indiancompany 'Ashok Leyland'.

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Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu is on a visit toNew York to take part in the 65th session of the UN General Assembly.He met his Turkic counterparts, Trend reports, citing information siteHaber.the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan andKyrgyzstan had a business dinner at the Turkish House in New York.

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After the Summit. Part one

The Summit of the Turkic countries is an event of huge geopolitical significance, even though it is obvious that Baku, Astana and Ankara have different motivations for participating in projects aiming at the founding of a union of Turkic countries.

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Today the head of the Armenian parliament Ogtai Asadov has met with the General secretary of the Apparatus of the Great National Assembly of Turkey, Sadettin Kalkan, and the deputy director of the Apparatus of the Kazakh Senate, Berik Arinom, reports APA.The issue of trilateral parliamentary relations, and preparations for the upcoming session of the Assembly of Turkic countries were discussed.

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The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has signed an order on increasing salaries for employees of the Defense, Interior, National Security, Emergency Ministries, as well as the State Security Service and the State Border Service.Salaries have been increased by 10%, APA reports. 

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An international seminar "The republic of Azerbaijan: previous experience - new perspectives" has taken place in Tehran. The officials of Iranian officials, diplomats, and experts from different countries took part in the seminar, 1news.az reports.

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The Azerbaijani state oil company, SOCAR, has put into commission the reconstructed crain-lift vessel Gurban Abbasov and the vessel Caspian Power, which will operate within the BUE Caspian alliance in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian sea, reports Trend.

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Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan this year will be extremely active, the head of the political department of the president's administration, Ali Gasanov, claimed on Monday. All the leading parties will be participating this year. Elections to the Parliament (the Melli Mejlis) are scheduled to be held on the 7th of November 2010.

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Uzeir Gajibeyli festival is now being held in Azerbaijan, 1news.az reports. The festival celebrates the 125th anniversary of the birth of the famous musician. A celebration is taking place in Heydar Aliyev's Palace in Baku.The festival, devoted to the outstanding musician and opera composer, was attended by prominent musicians from Azerbaijan and other countries, such as Russia and Kazakhstan.

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Rakhamim Emanuilov: “Inter-civilization dialogue is the foundation for world stability”

Rakhamim Yashaevich Emanuilov, orientalist, founder and president of the Civilizations' Interaction Fund and advisor to the Federation Council chairman for Middle Eastern and Central Asian affairs, studied at Baku State University, graduating in 1972, and during his remarkably successful career served in the USSR's embassies in Iranand Afghanistan, as well as in the foreign Trade Department of the Council of Ministers.

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Iran has always supported, supports today and will continue to support Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Iranian Vice-President for Parliamentary Affairs, Seyyed Mohammad-Reza Mir-Tajeddini, declared today in Tehran, Trend reports.Mir-Tajeddini stressed that the Caucasus region and Azerbaijan in particular is very important both for Iran and the whole world.

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Turkic Unity

The summit of presidents of Turkic-speaking countries in Istanbuldidn’t produce any sensations. The Council of Turkic-speaking NationsCooperation, with its headquarters in Istanbul, was created there tocomplete the organizational structure of the cooperation efforts,securing Turkish leadership in the alliance. The Council is consideredas a basis for further promotion of the Turkic alliance and forming aregional Turkic Union.

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The Baku-Moscow flight was delayed till 18.00-18.30 Baku Time, due to a technical malfunction. The plane had already left for Moscow but was forced to return to Baku, Trend reports.

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London football club West Ham has announced its intention to employ Berti Vogts, the current manager of the Azerbaijani national team, to replace Avram Grant, Аzerisport.com reports. West Ham had deplorable results at the beginning of this season, so the leadership of the club is dissatisfied with the current manager and is considering the possibility of employing Berti Vogts.

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The construction of a mosque in the capital of the Komi Republic, Syktyvkar, will be launched in 2011. This project was authorized by the local authorities, who granted 3,500 square meters of land to the Syktyvkar Muslim community “Nur” (’Light’), 1news.az reports.The project brought together all the Muslims of the republic, as wellas attracting donations from all Turkic nations, including Azerbaijan. The total cost of the project is estimated at 10 million rubles.

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Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev has signed a decree on the military draft from the 1st to the 30th of October 2010, reports Trend. Citizens born in 1992 will be called up for military service and citizens under 35 years of age without the right to deferment.

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