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Largest South Caucasian construction exhibition opens in Baku

Largest South Caucasian construction exhibition opens in Baku

Baku Expo-Center is opening BakuBuild construction exhibition, the largest construction exhibition in the South Caucasus. Regional head of British ITE Group, organizer of the exhibition, Stroon, said that they hold 18 similar exhibitions worldwide and BakuBuild is one of the top five largest ones.

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 Ingushetia wants to be closer to Elbrus, participating in a national project

International investment forum opens in Ashkhabad

Atwo-day international investment forum is opening today in Ashkhabad, organized by the Turkmen Chamber of Trade and Industry and the British company IC ENERGY Limited.The President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov, said in a speech that the main goal of the forum is to invite investment into the oil and gas and textile industries, construction and the construction materials industry, construction of tourism facilities, roads and airports, agriculture, healthcare and the medical industry.

Scientific society of Caucasiologists is found

Scientific society of Caucasiologists is found

 VК reporter becomes Dagestani coordinator

Negotiations on Azerbaijan's accession to WTO to take place in Geneva

The Eighth Session of the Working Group on Azerbaijan's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be held on the 18th of October in Geneva, the press center of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has announced, Trend reports.Bilateral negotiations between Azerbaijan and the U.S., EU, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan Province of China will take place from October 19 until 22. Mahmud Mamed-Kuliev, Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, will represent the Azerbaijani delegation in the discussions.

Kiev holds CIS Energy Council

Kiev holds CIS Energy Council

Kiev will host the 38th session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Energy Council, participated in by the energy administrations and companies of the CIS members.The council will be chaired by its president, Russian Minister of Energy Sergey Shmatko.

Abkhazia to allow Russians to purchase housing

Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh expects the republic's authorities to allow Russians to buy primary housing in Abkhazia in early 2011. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in February 2010 that received it had complaints from Russians who had seen their property expropriated in Abkhazia. Bagapsh promised that Russians will be allowed to purchase housing on the primary market in Abkhazia, the Kommersant paper reports.

Iran ready for nuclear talks

Iran is ready to hold talks with six major powers over its nuclear program "in late October or early November," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday, Reuters reports.He gave no details about the venue of the talks. Western officials say they could take place in Vienna or Geneva.Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N.

IMF predicts annual Turkish GDP of $1 trillion in 2015

IMF predicts annual Turkish GDP of $1 trillion in 2015.

Turkey expands trade turnover with China

Turkey expands trade turnover with China.

Shoe thrown at Chinese premier

Shoe thrown at Chinese premier.

Chinese human rights activist awarded Nobel Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Chinese human rightsactivist Liu Xiaobo for long non-violent fight for fundamental humanrights in China, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Nobel Prize Committeein Norway.The Nobel Prize for Peace is one of the 5 awards founded by theSwedish industrialist Alfred Nobel. The award ceremony is heldannually on December 10 in Oslo.The prize in 2010 is worth 1 million euro.

Russia urges double standards be abandoned in fight against terrorism

Russia urges double standards be abandoned in fight against terrorism.

Sochi to host international meeting of security officials

Sochi will host a meeting of security council heads, national security advisors, prime ministers and ministers from some 40 countries on October 5-6, RIA Novosti reports.The delegation headed by the Secretary of the National Security Council of Armenia, Arthur Baghdasaryan, has left for Sochi to participate in the two-day international meeting, the Public Radio of Armenia's website said.

Joint Turkish-Chinese military drills

The Turkish and Chinese air forces participated in a secret military drill in Konya as part of the "Anatolian Eagle" manoeuvres, Balkan.com reports. Washington has requested information on the matter from Turkey.Since the early 2000s, Turkey, as NATO member, has conducted war games in the central Anatolian province of Konya with other members of the alliance or non-member friendly nations. But this year for the first time a military drill was conducted with the participation of China.

Iran starts final stage of nuclear program

Iran starts final stage of nuclear program

Iran has started the final stage of developing special technology for the production of fuel rods. Iran plans to produce the necessary fuel within a year, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Manuchehr Mottaki said.

Azerbaijani Defense Industry Ministry finds new business-partners

Azerbaijani Defense Industry Ministry has reached an agreement oncooperation with foreign companies. South Africa hosted a defenseindustry exhibition, at which Azerbaijani Defense Industry MinisterYaver Jamalov met the Deputy Defense Minister of the South Africa,Fezil Bkhinglu, and the heads of delegations from Belarus, Turkey andIndia participating in the exhibition, Trend reports.Azerbaijani defense industry products were presented at "AAD-AfrikaAerospace Defense-2010" in Cape Town on September 21-25.

US to respond to Ahmadinejad’s outrage

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has created yet another incident at the UN, yesterday suggesting that there are "elements within the U.S. government behind the 11 September attack on the Twin Towers”. At these words, many delegates left the hall. A few hours earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama had left the door open to diplomacy with Tehran, Spero News reports. All of this occurred in the setting of the 65th sitting of the annual session of the UN General Assembly.

Iran is ready for negotiations with 5+1 group in October

An Iranian official representative is ready to meet with arepresentative of the 5+1 group (Russia, US, China, Great Britain,France, Germany) in October to discuss the Iranian nuclear program,Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today.

Russia refuses Iran

Russia refuses Iran

Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree, according to which Iran will not receive Russian arms.

USA and Iran hold secret talks in New York

USA and Iran hold secret talks in New York

The USA and Iran, suspected of building nuclear weapons, had a secret meeting which may open unofficial diplomatic relations between the two countries.

South Korea to invest $10 million in Chechnya

South Korea will invest over $10 million into businesses in Chechnya,including $7 million in 2011, Yuga.ru reports.The Mayor of Grozny Muslim Khuchiyev said that a reinforced concretefactory has already been opened, providing 300 jobs.Negotiations are also ongoing with businessmen from China.

Armenian Premier discusses bilateral cooperation with Chinese Foreign Minister

China has always regarded Armenia as an important partner in the CIS area, claimed Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Guangya at a meeting with Armenian Premier Tigran Sargsyan, reports News.am. China is one of the important directions of our policy and there are opportunities for further development of relations, Sargsyan pointed out. Development of relations with China is provided by bilateral visits, inter-institutional contacts, discussions and consultations.

Armenian Prime-Minister to visit China on Sunday

An Armenian delegation headed by Prime-Minister Tigran Sargsyan is to set off to China on a four-day visit, reports News Armenia. During the visit Sargsyan is to meet with the first deputy Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang, first deputy Foreign Minister Van Ghuanya and other officials. On the 20th of September the delegation is to attend a reception at the Armenian embassy on the occasion of Armenian Independence Day. The following day the premier will participate in

Kazakhstan interested in increasing oil supplies via BTJ

Kazakhstan is interested in increasing energy resource supplies viathe Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan (BTJ) system, Bolat Soltanov, head of thecenter for strategic studies of the Kazakh president, told apress-conference, APA reports.

Iran proposes two more countries to participate in negotiations

Tehran proposes to revise the pattern of negotiations on the settlement of Iran's nuclear problem and add Turkey and Brazil to the six present participating countries (Russia, China, France, USA, United Kingdom and Germany), Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchher Mottaki stated today, RIA Novosti reports."The six" have already demonstrated their unwillingness to negotiate honestly, which is why we need to change the format of the negotiations," the minister said.

Armenian Expo 2010 opens in Yerevan

ArmenianPremier Tigran Sarkisyan has participated in the opening ofthe 10th anniversary of the universal regional trade-industrialexhibition forum Armenia Expo 2010, which will end on September 5th atthe Sports and Concert Hall. The whole range of Armenian industrialpotential will be seen at the exhibition, Panorama reports.The premier noted that the goal of the exhibition is to organizecontacts between Armenian businessmen. He said that it will includeforums, and round tables to attract investments.

Chinese companies to construct Iranian railroads

IranianMinister of Transport Hamid Behbahani has announced thesigning of a major contact for construction of Iranian railways. Thedeal is worth $20 billion, Iran.ru reports.The construction will be completed in 2.5 years. The railroads willlink Tehran with Arak, Malayer, Hamedan, Kermanshakh and Khorsavi. Therailroad will link Iran with Syria and countries of the Mediterranean.

P.M. Putin attends Russia-China pipeline opening

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took part in the inauguration ceremony of the oil pipeline section from Russia to the border with China, RBC reports. This pipeline is a part of the ‘Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean’ (ESPO) project. PM Putin said the idea for the pipeline emerged six years ago. Firstly there were some discussions on the route of the project.

Kazakhstan reduces investment in Georgia

According to official statistics, Kazakh investors spent $14 million in Georgia in the first quarter of this year. Kazakh investors are mainly working with hotels, recreation and communication complexes in Georgia. The second major investor in Georgia is the Virgin Islands, with China in third place, Business Georgia reports.